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Mineral Mines & Quarries Inspectorate | Alert | No.409 V 1 | 26 May 2022

Light vehicle fail-safe brake interlocks

What happened?

An incident occurred in an underground mine when a worker exited a light vehicle to open a barricade into a mobile equipment operating area. After exiting the vehicle it rolled backwards, striking the worker with the open door and continued to travel down the decline for approximately 100m. The vehicle came to rest after striking the decline wall with the tray. The worker sustained injuries as a result of the incident.

How did it happen?

An investigation to determine the nature and cause of the incident is currently underway, however a number of initial observations have been made including:

Key issues


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 Trevor Brown - Chief Inspector – Mineral Mines & Quarries

Contact: Rob Henson, Inspector of Mines , +61 7 4745 4105

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.
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All information on this page (Light vehicle fail-safe brake interlocks - is correct as of time of printing (8 July 2022 3:23 am).