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Coal Inspectorate | Alert | No.395 V 1 | 16 August 2021

CHPP pump suction pipe dislodges resulting in a serious injury

What happened?

On the 21 July 2021 coal mine workers were undertaking maintenance work on a pump in a coal handling and preparation plant. During the process the suction line, including the sump isolation valve released from the sump wall under pressure.  A worker was impacted by the expelled components suffering a serious injury. The expelled pipework, pump and sump are shown in Figure 1.

How did it happen?

The incident is under investigation; however, it is understood that the following occurred:

Key issues

The following key issues have been identified:

The investigation into the incident is ongoing and further issues may be identified and communicated.


SSEs must:

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.

Authorised by Peter Newman - Chief Inspector – Coal

Contact: Anthony Logan, Senior Inspector of Mines - Mechanical , +61 7 3199 8013

Issued by Resources Safety & Health Queensland

Safety: This information is a guide only and 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.
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All information on this page (CHPP pump suction pipe dislodges resulting in a serious injury - is correct as of time of printing (25 Oct 2021 2:01 pm).