The Investigation Unit publishes reports on incidents as a useful resource for industry. The reports provide:

  • information useful for a risk assessment
  • cause and circumstance of the incident
  • findings
  • best practice
  • action taken after the incident
  • relevant published reference material

Slide presentations are also published and are a useful resource for toolbox talks. They include:

  • 6-10 slides
  • a summary of the published report
  • photographs to help better understand the incident

Underground conveyor equipment incident puts workers at risk

Title Details
Causal investigation
During a conveyor extension on a flexible conveyor train at the Ulan West Operations underground coal mine near Mudgee, NSW on 29 August 2017, seven workers sustained minor injuries when the boot end was unexpectedly dragged about 16 metres.
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Causal investigation Wongawilli Colliery

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Causal investigation Wongawilli Colliery
While operating in an underground coal mine at Wongawilli Colliery near Wollongong on 4 July 2017, a catastrophic failure of a diesel engine system occurred. This resulted in internal engine components being ejected from a cylinder block and being exposed to the mine atmosphere. The temperature of the ejected components created an ignition source which had the potential to cause an explosion.
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Investigation report into the serious injury of a mine worker at Sibelco Sand plant on 1 February 2016

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Serious injury at Sibelco Sand plant on 1 February 2016
At 12.57 pm on 1 February 2016, a 57-year-old worker fell 2.7 m from the platform of an articulated dump truck and suffered serious head injuries.
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Report into the serious injury of an operator at the Mannering Colliery, Doyalson, NSW on 22 January 2016

Title Details
Investigation Report
At 1.40 pm on 22 January 2016, an operator was driving a load haul dump (LHD) vehicle in an underground roadway at Mannering Colliery when a damaged roof support strap entered the open cab and hit the operator in the head.
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Incident involving a worker at Ulan West Operations on 26 November 2015

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Incident involving a worker at Ulan West Operations on 26 November 2015
Investigation report into the injury of a worker at Ulan West Operations on 26 November 2015. The worker was injured when a pipe end known as a ‘pressure manifold’ separated from the end of a polypropylene pipe during a pressurised leak test at Ulan West Operations in Ulan, NSW.
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Fatality at Ridgeway Mine on 6 September 2015

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Fatality at Ridgeway Mine on 6 September 2015
Investigation report into the death of Lee Peters on 6 September 2015. Mr Peters was fatally injured when he was crushed in a pinch point between a piece of mining plant, known as a Jacon Maxijet water cannon, and a mine wall at the Ridgeway Mine, Cadia Valley Operations in Cadia, NSW.
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Double fatality at Austar Coal Mine on 15 April 2014

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Double fatality at Austar Coal Mine on 15 April 2014
Investigation report into the deaths of James Mitchell and Phillip Grant at the Austar Coal Mine, Paxton, NSW Hunter Valley. The men died when a major rib/sidewall pressure burst occurred in a longwall development roadway during mining operations at the Austar Coal Mine, near Cessnock in the NSW Coalfields.
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Extract of consultant's report on double fatality at Austar Coal Mine
Following the incident, Emeritus Professor Jim Galvin, and Professor Bruce Hebblewhite (the authors) were engaged by the Mine Safety Investigation Unit, of the then NSW Department of Trade and Investment to assist with the investigation into the incident. Specifically, the authors were instructed to review all available information pertaining to the incident, with a view to assisting the Investigation Unit in the determination of the cause(s) of the incident. This is an extract from their report to the department.
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Report into the death of a rigger at Boggabri Coal Mine on 21 May 2014

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Report into the death of a rigger at Boggabri Coal Mine on 21 May 2014
Investigation into the death of a rigger at Boggabri Coal Mine on 21 May 2014. Mark Daniel Galton, 51, died when his head and neck were crushed between a mobile elevated work platform and the underside of a steel beam.
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Fatal collision at Ravensworth open cut mine

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Investigation into a fatal collision at Ravensworth open cut mine on 30 November 2013
Investigation into a fatal collision between a Caterpillar 793 haul dump truck and a Toyota Landcruiser at Ravensworth open cut on 30 November 2013
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Investigation into a serious drill rig incident at Ashton coal mine on 12 August 2012

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Investigation into a serious drill rig incident at Ashton coal mine on 12 August 2012
About 2 pm on 12 August 2012, a 26-year-old drill rig operator was seriously injured at the Ashton coal mine in the NSW Hunter Valley.
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Investigation report into the death of a man at Lightning Ridge on 7 March 2013

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Investigation report into the death of a man at Lightning Ridge on 7 March 2013
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Fatality at Cobar mine

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Fatality at Cobar mine
Investigation into the death of a worker who sustained serious head injuries while riding in a kibble that was being raised through a dual platform stage in the No.1 shaft about 1041 metres below the surface of the mine on March 16 2013.
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Serious injuries sustained by a mine worker - Perilya Broken Hill mine

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Serious injuries sustained by a mine worker – Perilya Broken Hill mine
Investigation into the serious injury of a mine worker at the Perilya Broken Hill Southern Operations Mine, Broken Hill, NSW on 8 June 2012.
 2.8 MB

Serious injuries sustained by a delivery truck driver - Tasman Mine

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Serious injuries sustained by a delivery truck driver - Tasman mine
This report looks at the circumstances surrounding the injuries sustained when a delivery truck driver was crushed by mesh at Tasman mine on 7 December 2011
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Incident involving exposure to risk - Mount Thorley Warkworth

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Incident at Mount Thorley Warkworth
Incident involving exposure to a risk while operating a dozer at Mount Thorley Warkworth on 15 May, 2011
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Serious inrush incident - Cadia East

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Serious inrush incident - Cadia East
This report sets out the events and causes of an inrush incident that occurred at the Cadia East mine in central NSW in 2010.
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Fatal Injury - Chain Valley Colliery

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Fatal injury - Chain Valley Colliery
This report looks at the circumstances surrounding the death of a miner at Chain Valley Colliery on 3 June 2011.
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Further commentary and extract from MDG 1005
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Fire and Explosion on Longwall 1 Tailgate - Blakefield South Mine

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Investigation report
This report sets out the events leading up to, and examines the possible causes of, an explosion underground at the Blakefield South Mine 5 January 2011. There were 47 people working in the mine at the time of the explosion; all were evacuated safely.
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CABA T-piece failure - Bureau Veritas
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Examination of materials - JW Munday and Associates
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Potential lightning ignition sources - Gillespie Power Consultancy
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Technical report - Gillies Wu Mining Technology
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Elevated work platform - unplanned movement - Bulga Open Cut Mine

Title Details
Investigation report
Two maintenance contractors received crush injuries located in an elevated work platform, replacing hoist ropes on a mining shovel Location; Bulga Open Cut Mine Incident Date: 21 March 2006
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Powerpoint presentation
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Fall from height - walkway handrail - Perilya Broken Hill Mine

Title Details
Investigation report
Mine worker received serious injury from a 2.5m fall through a handrail of a raised underground walkway onto a concrete floor. Isolated location of the mine, unable to communicate the incident for rescue, found over 3 hours later. Mine: Perilya Broken Hill Southern Operations. Date 6 November 2007
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Powerpoint presentation
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3.3kV electrical isolation - Liddell Coal Preparation Plant

Title Details
Investigation report
A coal preparation plant technician received an electric shock and burns when he touched a live 3.3kV electrical circuit when accessing an electrical cabinet. Location: Liddell Coal Preparation Plant Date: 15 November 2007
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Powerpoint presentation
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Longwall shearer, maintenance on shear shaft - Integra Coal U/G

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Powerpoint presentation
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Bolting rig, ejection of drill steel - Myuna Colliery

Title Details
Investigation report
Fatality resultant of an earlier injury sustained when a person was struck on the foot by a drill steel. The drill steel fell onto the drill carriageway and was caught as the drill head was retracted. Location: Myuna Colliery. Incident date: 25 July 2008
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Powerpoint presentation
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Slings and chains - directional boring, Eastern Star Gas, Narrabri

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Investigation report
Fatality of a sub-contractor struck by a recoiling 200mm polyethylene pipeline during pipe extraction using 10mm chain components and excavator bucket. Location: Eastern Star Gas PAL 2 Incident Date: 1 August 2009
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Powerpoint presentation
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Unintended activation of a loading bin, Ravensworth Underground Mine CPP

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Investigation report
Fatality of a contract truck driver located in a non FOPS road registered truck cabin underneath a surface loading bin. Mine: Ravensworth Underground Mine Coal Preparation Plant Date: 18 February 2009.
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Powerpoint presentation
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Human interaction with a backhoe, Cadia Valley Operations

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Investigation report
Serious head injury of a mine worker struck by a log extracted from a log pile by a backhoe Cadia Valley Operations - Date 24 August 2008
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Powerpoint presentation
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Longwall service cassettes - serious injury, Beltana Mine

Title Details
Summary investigation report
Serious crush injury to lower leg while coupling longwall service sleds on surface of underground coal mine. Beltana Mine - Date 21 Aug 2008
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Powerpoint presentation
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Bolting rig, inadvertent rotation, Austar mine

Title Details
Summary investigation report
Amputation of lower arm by mine worker by continuous miner mounted hydraulic roof bolting equipment Mine - Austar Coal Mine underground coal - Date 3 March 2008
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Powerpoint presentation
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Safety Alert
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Remote-controlled mining equipment, Perilya Mine

Title Details
Summary investigation report
Fatality of a mineworker operating a remote controlled loader machine at an ore draw point - Mine Perilya Mine underground metal mine -Date 9 January 2007
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Powerpoint presentation
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Electrical isolation, Dartbrook Colliery

Title Details
Powerpoint presentation
Electric shock received by contract electrician during maintenance of a live 11kV switchboard.
Mine: Dartbrook Colliery coal preparation plant. Date: 20 June 2005*
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Remote-controlled continuous miner, Clarence Colliery

Title Details
Summary investigation report
Serious spinal injury (paraplegia) caused to worker located on the rear of the conveyor boom during the relocation of a continuous miner machine. Mine: Clarence Colliery, underground coal. Date: 12 July 2004. *
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Powerpoint presentation
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Slings and chains, Metropolitan Colliery

Title Details
Summary investigation report
Serious head injury sustained by mineworker struck by failed 20mm herc-alloy chain components. Mine: Metropolitan Colliery underground coal mine. Date: 28 May 2004
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Powerpoint presentation
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Drift winder haulage, winder rope failure, Wyee Colliery

Title Details
Summary investigation report
High potential incident when a drift winder haulage rope broke whilst hauling a man riding trolley and load of equipment.
Mine: Wyee Colliery underground coal mine. Date: 6 May 1999. *
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Powerpoint presentation
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Inrush of water and mud material into mine - Cadia East Underground Mine

Title Details
Investigation Report
Multiple mine workers located within the mine workings were at risk of injury when an inrush of water and mud exited from the base of a 5m diameter raise bore shaft being developed : Location Cadia East Underground Mine Date: 21 February 2010
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Powerpoint presentation
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Office:
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