Safety investigation under way at Mangoola

Glencore is assisting in an investigation into a vehicle collision that occurred at its Mangoola open cut coal mine in New South Wales last month.

A haul truck and dozer collided on October 5, causing injuries to the dozer operator who was then admitted to hospital for a medical review.

The truck operator, who had 11 weeks of industry experience including four weeks at the mine, was reversing to dump a load according to the dozer operator’s earlier instruction to tip against the wall. He stopped upon hearing a thud.

The New South Wales Resources Regulator has engaged Glencore in its investigation into the cause and circumstances of the accident.

The regulator reminds mine operators to ensure that positive communications are effective, engineering controls have the ability to assist in managing the risks associated with mobile plant interactions and that transport management plans are adequate.

“Mobile plant interactions in mines is a well-known risk,” the regulator stated.

“… A report will be published when the investigation is concluded.”

The Mangoola mine carries an undeveloped coal reserve of around 150 million tonnes and is located in Wybong.

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