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Coal Inspectorate | Alert | No.407 V 1 | 06 May 2022

Near miss - blasthole drill rig trammed onto the highwall protection berm

What happened?

A near miss occurred when a coal mine worker was operating a DK90 rotary blasthole drill rig during nightshift. When relocating to the next hole position, the trainee operator trammed the rig onto the highwall edge protection berm. By the time the operator has stopped tramming, the nose of the tracks had reached the top of the berm and the operator's cab was likely suspended past the edge of the highwall.

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 Peter Newman - Chief Inspector – Coal

Contact: Stephen Smith, Regional Inspector of Mines , +61 7 4999 8510

Issued by Resources Safety & Health Queensland

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All information on this page (Near miss - blasthole drill rig trammed onto the highwall protection berm - is correct as of time of printing (24 May 2022 5:08 pm).