The Major Safety Investigations unit publishes reports on incidents as a useful resource for industry. The reports provide:

  • information useful for a risk assessment
  • cause and circumstance of the incident
  • findings
  • best practice
  • action taken after the incident
  • relevant published reference material

Note : Where a Critical Industry or Causal Investigation is commenced an Investigation Information Release (IIR) is published (generally within 14-21 days) to share early learnings, and a final report published at the conclusion of the investigation.

HazardIncident locationIncident  details Date of notification ReportsResources

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AppinWorker seriously injured during transit in underground roadway20 May  2021IIR21-08 
Roads or other vehicle operating areas icon West Wyalong

Fatality involving worker being struck by light vehicle

24 May 2021IIR21-07-

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CootamundraPerson at risk from flyrock at quarry8 April 2021IIR21-06-

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Lynwood Quarry, Marulan NSWWorker seriously injured by ejected object11 March 2021IIR21-05-

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Buckaroo Mine, Mudgee NSWWorker injured by failed components during mobile jaw crusher maintenance26 February 2021IIR21-04-
Mechanical engineering control plan icon Myuna Colliery, Lake Macquarie NSWWorker suffers serious injuries when pinned by boom of a continuous miner5 February 2021IIR21-03-
Shafts and winding systems icon Appin Colliery, Appin NSWDrift winder head sheave pulley wheel falls from height during winder rope removal6 October 2020IIR21-02-
Airborne dust icon Undetermined but potentially workplaces within non-mining (civil construction) and mining sectorsOpen cut coal mine worker contracts interstitial lung disease – Worker DUndeterminedInvestigation report 
Mechanical engineering control plan icon Attunga Limestone Mine, near Tamworth, NSWWorker pinned by falling loader cab30 November 2020IIR21-01-

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CSA Mine, Cobar, NSWWorker receives crush injury to foot from hydraulic stabilising jack on jumbo rig15 September 2020IIR20-15-
Roads or other vehicle operating areas icon Mangoola Coal, Wybong, NSWCollision between dozer and haul truck 5 October 2020IIR20-14-
Electrical and mechanical engineering control plans Cadia Valley Operations, NSWWorker injured when pulling electrical cable with an integrated tool carrier1 September 2020IIR20-13-
Shafts and winding systems icon Grawin Opal Fields, NSWDeath of miner at opal mine14 October 2020IIR20-12-
 Springvale CollieryNon-work related death21 August 2020IIR20-11-

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numerous coal mines in Qld Open cut coal mine worker contracts coal workers' pneumoconiosis 1972-2015 IIR20-10-

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Hera Mine, Cobar region via Nymagee, NSW Worker injured while conducting repairs to mobile jaw crusher 13 May 2020 IIR20-09 -

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Moolarben Coal Operations, NSW Worker’s arm injured in belt press filter 17 May 2020 IIR20-08 -
Ground or strata failure icon  North Wambo Coal Mine, NSW Partial collapse of a ventilation shaft 3 May 2020

IIR20-07

Causal investigation report

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Fire or explosion icon  Tritton Copper Mine, near Nyngan, NSW Truck fire 23 June 2018 Investigation report -
  Bulga Surface Operations, Singleton, NSW Non-work related death 15 November 2019 IIR20-06 -

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Wilpinjong Coal Mine, Wollar, NSW Worker seriously injured from fall 18 February 2020 IIR20-05 -
  Cedar Point Quarry, Cedar Point NSW Non-work related death 14 October 2019 IIR20-04 -
Roads or other vehicle operating areas icon  Ravensworth Open Cut Coal Mine, Muswellbrook Light vehicle drives over open edge 31 January 2020 IIR20-03 -

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Maules Creek Mine, NSW Collision between dozer and light vehicle 14 September 2019 IIR20-02 -
Airborne dust icon  Various underground coal mines Worker A - Mixed dust pneumoconiosis 29 October 2019IIR20-01 -

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Ulan Underground Mine, Ulan, NSW Ulan Underground Mine - Worker injured on longwall support 7 December 2019 IIR19-14 -

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Woodlawn Mine, Tarago, NSW Woodlawn Mine - Worker hit by shotcrete delivery line 10 December 2019 IIR19-13 -
  Nymboida, south west of Grafton, NSW Rehabilitation at the former Nymboida Clay Mine Not applicable – inspection activity IIR19-12 

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near Broken Hill, NSW Fatality at Snapper Mineral Sands Mine 12 August 2019 IIR19-11 -
  Castillo Copper exploration project, Cangai, NSW Improving rehabilitation, sediment and erosion controls at Castillo Copper exploration project Various IIR19-10 -

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Ravensworth Open Cut Coal Mine, Singleton Causal investigation - worker injured by pin ejecting under pressure 9 July 2019

IIR19-09

Causal investigation

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  Whitehaven mine sites Improving progressive rehabilitation at Whitehaven’s open cut coal mines Various IIR19-08 -

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Ashton Coal Mine, Camberwell NSW Continuous miner slides into worker 30 May 2019

IIR19-07

Investigation report

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Appin North Mine, Appin Colliery, Appin NSW Worker’s foot trapped in scraper conveyor 8 June 2019

IIR19-06

Investigation report

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  Maules Creek Coal Mine, NSW Non-work related death 16 May 2019 IIR19-05 -

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Wilpinjong Coal Mine, Mudgee, NSW Collision between semi-autonomous dozer and manned excavator 27 May 2019

IIR19-04

Causal investigation

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Airborne dust icon  Various Coal worker pneumoconiosis - Worker Y 14 December 2017 Investigation report

Dust safety in the metals and extractives industries booklet

Airborne contaminants principal hazard management plan guidance for NSW mining and petroleum industries

Fact sheet airborne contaminants

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Springvale Colliery, Lithgow, NSW Worker injured releasing jammed conveyor chain 5 February 2019

IIR19-03

Investigation report

Lateral load shifting video
Ventilation control plan icon  Metropolitan Colliery, Helensburgh, NSW Causal investigation - Workers evacuated after gas levels rise 21 March 2019

IIR19-02

Causal investigation

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Albury Quarry, Albury NSW Shot firing incident damages vehicles 10 April 2018

IIR19-01

Investigation report

 
Fire or explosion icon  Maules Creek Mine, Boggabri, NSW Diesel flowing from a tank breather assembly causes fire on a service truck 24 November 2018 IIR18-15 -
Mechanical engineering control plan icon  Cowal Gold Mine, West Wyalong Fall from height 29 July 2018

IIR18-14

Investigation report

 
  Glendell Open Cut Mine, Ravensworth NSW Non-work related death 17 January 2018

IIR18-13

IIR18-01

  Wilpinjong Coal Mine, Wilpinjong NSW Non-work-related death at an open cut coal mine 17 October 2018 IIR18-12 -

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Bengalla Coal Mine, Muswellbrook NSW Tyre handler fatality 3 November 2018

IIR18-11

Investigation report

Learning from investigations: Tyre handler fatality, Bengalla Coal Mine 

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Mt Arthur Coal Mine, Muswellbrook NSW Grader operator suffers serious head injuries 22 October 2018 IIR18-10 -
Shafts and winding systems icon  Tahmoor Colliery Causal investigation - Workers trapped in shaft winder 5 September 2018

IIR18-09

Causal investigation

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  Meroo River near Avisford, 35 km west of Mudgee NSW Illegal fossicking 7 June and 26 July 2018 IIR18-08 -

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Bulga Surface Operations, Singleton NSW Serious injury at an open cut coal mine 23 July 2018

IIR18-07

Investigation report

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Ground or strata failure icon  Springvale Mine, Lidsdale NSW Serious injuries at an underground coal mine 5 July 2018 IIR18-06 -

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Clarence Colliery, Clarence NSW Serious injuries at an underground coal mine 4 July 2018

IIR 18-05

Investigation report

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Chain Valley Colliery – Vales Point NSW Ignition of methane at continuous miner working face 23 January 2018 IIR18-04 -

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Maules Creek Mine, Maules Creek NSW Serious injury at open cut coal mine 21 April 2018

IIR18-03

Investigation report

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Werris Creek No 2 Coal Mine, Werris Creek NSW Serious injury at open cut coal mine 2 April 2018 IIR18-02 -
  Glendell Open Cut Mine, Ravensworth NSW Non-work related death 17 January 2018

IIR18-01

IIR18-13

  Perilya Southern Operations, Broken Hill NSW Non-work related death 14 May 2017

IIR17-13

IIR17-05

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Ulan West Operations underground coal mine Causal investigation - Underground conveyor equipment incident puts workers at risk 29 August 2017

IIR17-12

Causal investigation

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Wongawilli Colliery Causal investigation - Catastrophic engine failure in an underground coal mine 4 July 2017

IIR17-11

Causal investigation

IIR17-09

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Mt Arthur coal mine Serious injury from diesel fire 10 August 2017

IIR17-10

Investigation report

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Wongawilli Colliery Causal investigation - Catastrophic engine failure in an underground coal mine 4 July 2017

IIR17-09

Causal investigation

IIR17-11

Explosive control plan icon  Moolarben coal mine Dangerous shotfiring incident 17 May 2017

IIR17-08

Investigation report

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  Wongawilli Colliery Non-work related death 1 June 2017

IIR17-07

Investigation report

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Mangoola Mine, Wybong, Hunter Valley NSW Excavator cabin detaches and falls 10 October 2016

IIR17-06

No investigation report. See WHS undertaking

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  Perilya Southern Operations, Broken Hill NSW Non-work related death 14 May 2017

IIR17-05

IIR17-13

  Peak Gold Mines, Cobar, NSW Fatality in underground metalliferous mine 3 April 2017 IIR17-04 
Airborne dust icon  Various open cut mines in Hunter Valley Mixed dust pneumoconiosis - Worker X 19 December 2016

IIR17-03

Investigation report

Appendix A – Worker X Respirable dust exposure and the associated risk of pneumoconiosis

Appendix B – Fact sheet Airborne Contaminants – Open cut coal mines

Appendix C – Targeted Assessment Program Consolidated report – Worker exposure to respirable dust, NSW underground coal mines, final report

Appendix D – Targeted Assessment Program Consolidated report – Airborne contaminants in underground metalliferous mines

Ground or strata failure icon  Northparkes Mines Strainburst: E26 sublevel cave (SLC) ore drive 8 2 August 2016 IIR17-02 -
Roads or other vehicle operating areas icon  Mount Arthur Coal Mine, Muswellbrook, NSW Light vehicle collides with mine entry gate 24 December 2016 IIR 17-01 -

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Rix's Creek mine Fatality from serious head injury 13 December 2016

IIR16-08

Investigation report

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  Various Workplace bullying Various IIR16-07 -
Shafts and winding systems icon  Lightning Ridge Fatality from falling object 4 November 2016

IIR16-06

Investigation report

 

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Austar Coal Mine Coalburst on longwall face 19 August 2016 IIR16-05 -

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Manuka Silver Mine, Cobar NSW Exposure to hazardous chemicals November 2015 IIR16-04 -

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Sibelco sand plant Serious injury of a mine worker through fall from height 1 February 2016

IIR16-03

Investigation report

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Whitehaven Coal Handling Preparation Plant, Gunnedah NSW Collision between front-end loader and light vehicle 12 March 2016 IIR16-02 -

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Mannering Colliery, Doyalson Serious injury of an operator while driving 22 January 2016

IIR16-01

Investigation report

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Ulan West Operations, Ulan, NSW Worker injured when struck by pipe 26 November 2015 Investigation report -
Ground or strata failure icon  Moolarben Coal Operations – Open Cut, adjacent to Ulan-Wollar Road, Mudgee Open cut highwall failure adjacent to a public road 6 June 2015 IIR15-04 -

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Ashton Coal Handling and Preparation Plant, Hunter Valley NSW Komatsu 730E dump truck crushes light vehicle 12 August 2015 IIR15-03 -

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Ridgeway mine, Cadia Valley Operations, Cadia, NSW Fatality when crushed in pinch point 6 September 2015

IIR15-02

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