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toolbox presentation road safety on mine sites part 1 road safety issues on wa mine sites

Toolbox presentation:Road safety on mine sites – part 1Road safety issues on WA mine sites

October 2007

road safety on mine sites toolbox series
Road safety on mine sites toolbox series
  • Road safety issues on WA mine sites
  • Traffic safety at mining operations
injuries reported to resources safety
Injuries reported to Resources Safety

Lost time injury (LTI) A work injury that results in an absence from work of at least one full day or shift any time after the day or shift on which the injury occurred

Disabling injury A work injury, not a lost time injury, that results in the injured person being unable to fully perform his or her ordinary occupation (regular job) any time after the day or shift on which the injury occurred, and where either alternative or light duties are performed

Reportable injuries are disabling injuries plus lost time injuries

fatal accident 2004 05
Fatal accident 2004-05

A driver of a road train engaged in transporting iron ore was fatally injured in a collision with another road train. It had rained heavily during the day and road-train operations had been suspended. The road train was empty, and collided with the first loaded vehicle to return from the outlying mine site after the resumption of haulage operations.

fatal accident 2005 06
Fatal accident 2005-06

A blast hole drill operator received fatal injuries at night when the tray-back truck he was driving collided with the back of a truck parked near an open pit gold mine workshop. Two drill rods protruding from the tray of the parked truck speared through the operator’s windscreen and struck him, causing massive injuries. The operator was treated at a hospital but succumbed to his injuries two days later.

factors affecting road safety outcomes
Factors affecting road safety outcomes
  • Road design and traffic management
  • Road user behaviour
  • Vehicle standards and maintenance
  • Heavy vehicle dynamics
  • Visibility
  • Road conditions
regulatory requirements surface mining
Regulatory requirements — surface mining

Regulation 13.7 Bench widths and open pit roads

For roads and vehicle operating areas, mine manager must:

  • ensure that design and construction (e.g. width, gradient, camber and radius of bend curvature), and maintenance:
    • enable safe operation of all mobile equipment authorised to travel on those roads or areas
    • take into account the size, speed, loads and operating characteristics of equipment, and pit conditions including weather
  • arrange signage or installation of other devices as necessary to control speed and movement of vehicles using roads in quarry or open pit
  • ensure adequacy of windrows or bunds on outer edge of roadways in open pit and any roadway on surface adjacent to a bank or steep slope
regulatory requirements underground mining
Regulatory requirements — underground mining

Regulations 10.37 and 10.40(1) Trackless units

  • MaintenanceManager and each employer at underground mine must ensure that trackless units designed, constructed and equipped to conform with Australian Design Rules are maintained to continue conformance
  • Traffic controlIf two or more trackless units are required to operated in a haulage way, mine manager must ensure implementation of appropriate traffic control system to minimise risk of collision
key behavioural issues in road crashes
Key behavioural issues in road crashes
  • Speed
  • Alcohol and other drugs
  • Fatigue
  • Restraint use
  • Risk-taking behaviour

Examples follow from Resources Safety’s incident database

  • The second trailer of a road train overturned on a haul road corner. The driver had realised that the road train’s speed was excessive approaching the corner but was unable to correct it and lost control
  • A 50 tonne dump truck, hauling heap leach material to sheet roads, rolled onto its side after turning a corner at excessive speed and running off the road. No injuries were sustained
alcohol and other drug use
Alcohol and other drug use
  • The boom of a Franna crane contacted a support pillar while the crane was being moved into the mobile workshop. The operator was tested for alcohol and other drugs, returning a “not negative” result. This was later confirmed as “positive”. The equipment and workshop were not damaged.
driver fatigue
Driver fatigue
  • Truck driver fell asleep while driving loaded truck towards waste dump. Truck veered off road and lodged in windrow
  • Dump truck driver received multiple bruising and fractured thumb when truck went up embankment and then back onto haul road after driver fell asleep. Driver was not wearing seat belt
  • Haul truck collided with windrow when driver fell asleep while driving truck out of pit
restraint used
Restraint used
  • Truck driver reversed dump truck up windrow on an ore dump. Bank gave way and truck flipped over on its tray. Fortunately, driver was wearing seat belt
  • Elevating scraper rolled on its side while being driven to the pit from feed preparation ore hopper. Operator was wearing a seat belt and was not injured
restraint not used
Restraint not used
  • Driller fell out of moving vehicle injuring his head and shoulder when attempting to close cab door, which had opened as vehicle was going around a corner. As he grabbed door it fell off its hinges, pulling him out of cab. He was not wearing a seat belt
  • A 4WD wagon was travelling at speed when the driver lost control and left the roadway. The road was wet and slippery, and the vehicle slid for more than 50 metres before striking a roadside bund. The vehicle rolled, throwing the driver out
some strategies to address issues
Some strategies to address issues
  • Use approaches adopted for general community to address speed, drug-related and risk-taking behaviours that affect driving and decision-making ability
  • Recognise and appropriately manage fatigue Working Hours Code of Practice
  • Educate and train workforce to improve understanding of issues, and increase capacity and willingness to protect fitness for work
  • Identify and assess hazards associated with vehicle and pedestrian movements. Consider engineering solutions