Coal Inspectorate | Alert | No.397 V 1 | 05 October 2021
On 14 September 2021 three Coal Mine Workers were onboard a blasthole drill rig when it toppled onto its side impacting the front of the light vehicle. One worker suffered bruising injuries to the legs during the incident. The other two could have been seriously injured.
The drill rig was jacked to full height in preparation for repairs to a hydraulic hose. The mast had been left in the raised position.
Drill set up was on uneven ground. As the maintainers left the cab to isolate the drill for the repairs, the machine has toppled over and the footpad on a stabiliser jack beneath the cab snapped off.
The operator stayed in the cab and self-extracted when the drill stopped moving. One maintainer exited the machine as it toppled, the second maintainer stayed on a walkway and when the drill came to a stop was caught between the walkway handrail and the adjacent parked light vehicle.
All Site Senior Executives should:
Drill operators and maintainers should:
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.
Contact: Steve Smith, Regional Inspector of Mines , 0436 658 225 QldMinesInspectorate@rshq.qld.gov.au
Issued by Resources Safety & Health Queensland
All information on this page (Overburden drill falls onto light vehicle - https://www.rshq.qld.gov.au/safety-notices/mines/overburden-drill-falls-onto-light-vehicle) is correct as of time of printing (25 Oct 2021 1:37 pm).