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The Mine Safety Performance Report for 2018-19 shows that there were two fatal injuries and 93 serious injuries in the last financial year.

Mine safety slides
Fatalities and serious mining injuries have increased in the last financial year.

This is an increase in fatalities when compared to no deaths, which was reported in 2017-2018.

Overall, decreasing rates of injury-illness and incident notifications were observed across all measures, except for serious injury notifications, which were also up [by 11 cases] on the previous year.

While the NSW mining industry has continued to minimise the risk to health and safety of workers, there were two fatal injuries, 93 serious injuries, 295 lost time injuries and 959 total recordable injuries reported to us in 2018-19.

The annual report came out at the end of August this year and conducted by the health and safety regulator for mines and petroleum sites in New South Wales; the NSW Resources Regulator.

Established in 2016; the regulator also undertake compliance and enforcement activities in relation to the Mining Act 1992, with a key focus on mine rehabilitation.

The report features an important suite of measures to help guide future actions to improve health and safety performance and allow industry to benchmark their performance against others in their sector.

In regard to how these fatal and serious injuries occured; 41 per cent where struck my a moving object; while falls, trips and slips accounted for 29 per cent (30 per cent unspecified).

In terms of the nature of the injuries that occured; 52 per cent were fractures, while 24 per cent were wounds, lacerations, amputations and internal organ damage (24 per cent unspecified).

Fatal injuries

Metalliferous mine

A contract worker suffered spinal injuries from a fall from an elevated work platform. The scissor lift’s front and left side guard rails had been removed to move it under a steel structure. While on the scissor lift platform using its control unit, the worker lost balance and fell off the platform from a height of about one metre. The worker experienced a series of complications secondary to surgery and passed away six weeks after the incident.

Coal mine

A tyre maintenance worker was fatally injured when a large earthmoving tyre fell from a tyre handler at the mine’s heavy vehicle wash bay. The tyre maintenance worker and another worker had removed the tyre from a water cart at a service bay with the tyre handler. The tyre handler was then used to take the tyre to the nearby wash bay for cleaning. At some point during the cleaning process, the tyre fell onto the tyre maintenance worker. Other workers responded to the scene and initiated the mine’s emergency response procedures.

 

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