• Dozer rollover investigation at Saraji under way
Dozer rollover investigation at Saraji under way
10 Jan, 2019, No Comment

Summary: The Queensland Mines Inspectorate has launched a formal investigation into the dozer rollover that led to a fatality at the Saraji coal mine on New Year’s Eve.....

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The incident happened when the dozer was travelling along a bench, according to the Queensland Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME).


For a reason yet to be determined, the bulldozer went over the bench’s crest and rolled downwards around 20 metres.


It came to rest on its roof in an area of mud and water of around two metres depth.


The dozer was traversing without having its blade in contact with the ground, in an area where three bulldozers were pushing overburden material.


According to the DNRME, another bulldozer operator at the Central Queensland mine who witnessed the incident called the emergency services team immediately.


It took 90 minutes for the team to arrive, according to the CFMEU, which has called for a safety reset across BHP’s Central Queensland coal mines following the incident.



The incident was preceded by three other vehicle rollovers in 2018, none of which caused deaths.


“We are concerned that safety incidents on BHP mines are not leading to an adequate review of operating procedures, neither at the site the incident occurred nor across BHP’s network of mines,” CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland president Stephen Smyth said.


The CFMEU requested that BHP provide further information on three areas of concern: its site emergency response capability, access and egress into work areas and review of dozer operation affecting all seven mines operated under BMA.


They include Goonyella Riverside, Broadmeadow, Daunia, Peak Downs, Saraji, Blackwater and Caval Ridge.


In July 2018, a worker operating a dozer at BMA’s Peak Downs mine fell into a deep hole that he was not warned about, leading to near drowning as he was trapped in the water for over half an hour.


Around 12 months prior, an incident of similar nature happened at Peak Downs.


At Saraji in August 2018, a service truck rolled due to watering of the haul road that the operator was not informed about. The incident followed two other vehicle rollovers at Saraji in the three months prior.


 

10/01/2019, www.australianmining.com.au/news/dozer-rollover-investigation-at-saraji-still-underway/

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