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Coal Inspectorate | Alert | No.404 V 1 | 20 December 2021

Unplanned movement of conveyor belt

What happened?

A crew was undertaking a belt retraction in an underground coal mine. The belt slipped through the belt clamp, and once released it travelled approximately 300 meters before folding up within the confines of the belt structure. This High Potential Incident could have resulted in serious injury to coal mine workers. Fortunately, there were no workers in travel path of the belt. There were no injuries resulting from the incident but significant learnings for industry.

How did it happen?

Key issues


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Authorised by Peter Newman - Chief Inspector – Coal

Contact: Mick Scully, Inspector of Mines , 0459 878 917

Issued by Resources Safety & Health Queensland

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All information on this page (Unplanned movement of conveyor belt - is correct as of time of printing (20 Jan 2022 11:58 pm).