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Explosives Inspectorate | Alert | No.106 V 1 | 07 November 2022

Impact Sensitive Explosives damaged during delivery

What happened?

A pallet of Class 1 explosives fell approximately 1.2m from the rear of a delivery vehicle while being unloaded at a mine site. Work in the area ceased immediately and an exclusion zone established while the material was safely recovered. Class 1 explosives are impact sensitive and the impact of a fall could cause unplanned detonation or damage to the explosives. This is the third reported incident of this type in recent years and all authority holders should review their systems to prevent similar future incidents.

How did it happen?

The operator lost control of the pallet jack while manoeuvring a heavy pallet of detonating cord towards the rear of the vehicle for unloading. The pallet jack rolled under the weight of the pallet off the rear of the vehicle.

Key issues

Recommendations

Authority holders should review their safety management system to verify the following:

Investigations are ongoing and further information may be published as it becomes available. The information in this publication is what is known at the time of writing.

We issue Safety Notices to draw attention to the occurrence of a serious incident, raise awareness of risks, and prompt assessment of your existing controls.

References and further information

Australian Code for the Transport of Explosives by Road and Rail

Queensland Explosives Inspectorate Explosives Safety Alert no. 42

Queensland Explosives Inspectorate Explosives Safety Alert no. 46

Queensland Explosives Inspectorate Explosives Safety Alert no. 57

Queensland Explosives Inspectorate Explosives Safety Alert no. 84

Queensland Explosives Inspectorate Explosives Safety Alert no. 95

Authorised by Dr. Snezana Bajic - Deputy Chief Inspector – Explosives

Contact: Haydn Isaac, Principal Inspector of Explosives – Northern operations , +61 7 3199 8023

Issued by Resources Safety & Health Queensland

Safety: This information is issued to promote safety through experience. It is not to be taken as a statement of law and must not be construed to waive or modify any legal obligation.

All information on this page (Impact Sensitive Explosives damaged during delivery - https://www.rshq.qld.gov.au/safety-notices/explosives/impact-sensitive-explosives-damaged-during-delivery2) is correct as of time of printing (9 Dec 2022 6:54 am).