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Mine Haul Road Safety Design

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Following on from the previous article Scooped, this report offers further information and knowledge on haul road design and safety. It is an extension of the previous article as it provides further explanation into how to develop safe roads on mine sites and what factors need to be considered in doing so.

 

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Road Design for Heavy and Light Vehicle Interaction

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Another safety alert that highlights the consequences and dangers of heavy and light vehicle interactions.
Recommendations made to assist in the prevention of collisions is to regularly review intersections, identify and eliminate hazards, redesign of intersection for clear visibility and right angle access and to fit vehicles, heavy and light, with proximity detection devices.

 

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Dozer safety and fall prevention

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This safety alert reviews and discusses an incident where a dozer fell off a bench due to the operator not being aware of his surroundings.  The alert makes recommendations that GPS technology be fitted to the dozer to assist in risk prevention. Additionally, it recommends that remote access controlled equipment be used when operating in an unstable vicinity to eliminate the risk of harm and injury to the worker.

 

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Safety in Mining Operations | Minecorp

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MineCorp predominantly provides protection for light vehicles on mine sites - such as roll cages.
This article highlights and educates the reader on what causes Light Vehicle crashes on site, how this can be minimised and the top 11 causes of accidents. 


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R U OK? Mining fatigue initiative

R U OK? Mining fatigue initiative | OHS Quest Two and Three- OHS in the Workplace with my Friends and Family, focusing on Mick a multi skilled operator | Scoop.it
In the small Hunter Valley township of Broke, at about 4.30am a group of about six mining stalwarts are making an effort to combat the ill effects mining has had on the region’s tired employees.
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A great initiative for prevention in the small town of Broke, Hunter Valley, NSW. Locals have put together a free breakfast with no funding for mine workers as they finish night shift. Shift workers can stop in for a break on the way home - usually a 3 hour drive  - and are given a free breakfast and can have a chat to revive them before continuing their journey home in, hopefully, a safer more refreshed manner. Initially a small operation, the breakfast normally has between 30-50 workers stop in.

 

Locals caring for their community and the workers involved.

 

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Mick - Multi Skilled Operator in Mining

Mick - Multi Skilled Operator in Mining | OHS Quest Two and Three- OHS in the Workplace with my Friends and Family, focusing on Mick a multi skilled operator | Scoop.it
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Mick - Multi Skilled Operator

 

Fatigue

Fatigue is probably one of the most common hazards in mining. Mick works a 7/7roster, which means he will work 7 days on (rotating 7 days of night shift or 7 days of day shift) then he has a 7 day break. The shifts are 12 hours with two half hour breaks - one mid morning and the other mid afternoon. It is the responsibility of the operator to manage and report their fatigue to their supervisor if required. The site has a fatigue policy that allows for no discrimination should they be fatigued. To assist with fatigue management the policy will allow for a 20 minute monitored sleep in the fatigue room, after which the operators fatigue will be measured again. The operator also has the opportunity to be swapped out to perform another task as well. The switching out of the task assists in the prevention of boredom. Mick stays in the camp and general camp rules are that noise levels are to be kept to a minimum. Mick wears ear plugs during the day when he is sleeping for nightshift to assist with noise reduction. The camp also ensures that the nightshift works are separate from the day shift works as this minimises noise as well.

 

Surface Operations

Part of Mick’s role as a multi skilled operator is to operate a dozer. Dozers are required to push material around to make it easier for the diggers when digging. Part of dozer operations is also the pushing off of a tip head and essentially fighting gravity as they work either up hip (with generally a minimum drop below of 75m) or as they complete the “dozer push” and work by pushing materials down hill. What is required of Mick during this time is to remain alert and to know his machine and how it operates. This comes with extensive experience in operating and knowledge of the type of material he is working with. 

 

Light Vehicle Interaction

Light Vehicles (LV’S) (Toyota Hilux, four wheel drive capable vehicle) on a mine site need to be aware of their surroundings due to the operation of heavy equipment in the area. Two main contributors to the safety of the operators of LV’s is that they obey all site signage - stopping at stop signs, circuit call ups, give way signs, active work areas. The other is that when an LV enters an active circuit, they have to use positive identification or positive communication and stated that “LV (state vehicle number) entering circuit (circuit number)”, once they have stated this they have to wait for a positive response before proceeding into the circuit. Depending on the reason for the LV entering the circuit, the heavy machinery may be required to park up safely whilst the LV and it’s occupants complete their tasks in the circuit. Once they LV has completed their tasks, they have to once again use positive communication and inform the circuit that they have left the circuit and are clear of the work space.


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Ben - Manager/Cook at small seafood cafe

Ben - Manager/Cook at small seafood cafe | OHS Quest Two and Three- OHS in the Workplace with my Friends and Family, focusing on Mick a multi skilled operator | Scoop.it
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Ben - Manager/Cook at a small seafood cafe

 

Hot Oil

Part of Ben’s role is to cook fish and chips using hot oil and to also change the oil at the end of the night. During this process Ben and other workers who are using the fryers are required to wear a full body suit that covers their face, arms,  feet, hands and body. The suit protects the wearer from hot oil splashes preventing in burns and other first aid needs. The suit also has built in ventilation and air ducts to ensure the wearer can perform their roles with comfort. Staying alert whilst performing this task is important as it ensure the safe operation and interaction with the hot oil, additionally knowledge and training using the hot liquid is required to minimise risk. 

 

Knives

Employees who use knives in the kitchen are given extensive training on how to safely use the knives and how to prep the fish with the knives. Once the extensive training has been given, the employees are signed off as a record confirming that they have been given the correct training. When employees are performing tasks with the knives, they are also required to wear stainless steel gloves to prevent injury from the sharp edges. 

 

Coffee Machine

The coffee machine may not seem like a hazard to most, however, with the machine producing both hot water and steam, the machine can be very dangerous. Once again, employees are given strict training in how to use the machine along with the associated hazards involved. Employees also have the opportunity to further extend their knowledge surrounding coffee and the hazards associated with the machine by completing a barista course. When operating the machine, signage is up reminding the operator to “take car, be aware that you are dealing with hot water and hot steam”. This signage serves as a reminder of the hazards involved with operating the machine during use.

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Chloe - Haul Truck Operato

Chloe - Haul Truck Operato | OHS Quest Two and Three- OHS in the Workplace with my Friends and Family, focusing on Mick a multi skilled operator | Scoop.it
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Chloe - Haul Truck Operator


Fatigue 

Chloe is a dump truck operator on a coal mine in Queensland. Her roster is 6 days on 6 days off. During her 6 days of work it is split into both day and night shift. Chloe’s first three days of work are day shift, the fourth day is a pyjama day where she spends the day sleeping in and resting until that evening where she goes to work and then completes the final three nights as night shift. It is during the last three days of her working week that Chloe must manage her fatigue. In order to do this, Chloe utilises her middle day for sleep. As she is one of the occupants at the camp, the camp has rules that noise is to be kept to a minimum. The room also contains black out windows, to allow for a dark environment when she is sleeping during the day. Whilst on shift, if Chloe experiences any fatigue, she is to positively communicate with her supervisor immediately and the appropriate action will be taken. Whether that is to remove her from the truck or moving her to a different task. 

 

Heavy Vehicle Interaction

On the mine site, there are five types of heavy vehicles that have constant interaction with each other. These being haul trucks, water carts, graders, dozers and diggers. When interacting with the other machinery is it important to have spacial awareness of both your surroundings and with knowing how large your machine is. In addition to this, is having clear points of vision to ensure that if there is an oncoming machine, you will be able to see it and register what action needs to be taken around the interaction. 

 

Posture

As part of her role, Chloe completes 12 hour shifts, where for the better part of 10.5 hours, she is sitting in her truck. When Chloe commences her shift, it is important for her to ensure that her seat is adjust correctly before commencing operations. This means that the height, back support and lumber support are all adjusted to fit her needs.

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Safety drives design of mine roads

Safety drives design of mine roads | OHS Quest Two and Three- OHS in the Workplace with my Friends and Family, focusing on Mick a multi skilled operator | Scoop.it
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This article looks at maximising mine road safety through specific techniques. The articles presents road design standards and offers key principles in road safety systems to result in zero harm. The author of the article is a specialist in Crash Investigation and Road Safety Auditing and makes suggestions based on his knowledge and experience. 


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Vehicle collisions - how long before it's really bad?

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As a multi skilled operator, Mick is involved in the operations of haul trucks, dozers, diggers and graders. This safety alert reviews a collision that occurred between a loaded and a unloaded haul truck. 
It sights fatigue as the main contributor to the incident and highlights recommendations for prevention of fatigue by utilising fatigue monitoring devices and proximity detection devices to alert the operator to the proximity of machinery in their vicinity. 

 

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Safety Alert - Light Vehicles

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This Safety Alert by the Queensland Government address safety concerns involving Light Vehicles regarding speed, road conditions and driver training. It makes recommendations to assist in the prevention of future incidents such as roll overs, collisions and loss of control. 

 

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Managing FIFO fatigue in mining

Managing FIFO fatigue in mining | OHS Quest Two and Three- OHS in the Workplace with my Friends and Family, focusing on Mick a multi skilled operator | Scoop.it
With 24/7 operations, heavy machinery, demanding rosters, intensive commutes, disruptive sleep environments and inexperienced workers, FIFO based working environments were always going to be a recipe for serious fatigue risk in Australian mining.
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This article creates awareness as to contributing factors that cause fatigue in mining communities, especially those workers who also do FIFO work.

 

Creating awareness and letting the worker know what contributes to their fatigue can help educate the workers and allow for the worker to create management strategies to assist in their prevention. In this article, Mining Australia highlights key contributors of fatigue in mining and gets the worker thinking.

 

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Fatigue Awareness & Management Training Online

Fatigue Awareness & Management Training Online | OHS Quest Two and Three- OHS in the Workplace with my Friends and Family, focusing on Mick a multi skilled operator | Scoop.it
Integrated Safety Supportare pleased to officially announce the release of their new online Fatigue Awareness & Management eLearning course.
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An online course that educates the user in Fatigue. It teaches the user awareness and identification methods if they are suffering from fatigue and teaches ways to manage fatigue. The course provides guidance and prevention surrounding fatigue, this article informs people of the positives of this online course. 

 

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Phoebe - Personal Trainer

Phoebe - Personal Trainer | OHS Quest Two and Three- OHS in the Workplace with my Friends and Family, focusing on Mick a multi skilled operator | Scoop.it
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Phoebe - Personal Trainer/Nutritionist/Dietician

 

Manual Handling

Working in a gym and handling various types of equipment constantly on a daily basis, Phoebe needs to be aware of the risks associated with lifting the equipment incorrectly. In addition to this, she needs to be aware of how to correctly manual handle the equipment when moving items as required. As part of her induction to the gym she works at, Phoebe was given training into how to correctly perform manual handling tasks within the environment she is working in. 

 

Heavy Weights

Phoebe’s job as a personal trainer is to push her clients to their best of their ability in order to ensure and gain the results that want. Part of this is weight training. Although Phoebe is an athlete herself and has an extensive training regime for her goals, she is also required to lift heavy weights for her clients to set up activities. Phoebe has to ensure that she is lifting weight that is still suitable for her capabilities that wont result in an injury to her whilst still maintaining progress for her clients.

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Irene - Medical Representative

Irene - Medical Representative | OHS Quest Two and Three- OHS in the Workplace with my Friends and Family, focusing on Mick a multi skilled operator | Scoop.it

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Irene - Medical Representative

 

Vehicle Interaction

As a medical representative, Irene spends many hours driving on Queensland roads between hospitals and between cities and regional areas. Irene has to remain alert on the roads and keep a constant eye out for other vehicles and how she is interacting with them. Having spent the better part on of 15 years on the roads driving, she is aware of what to look out for and ensures that she leaves the appropriate amount of distance between herself and other motorists. 

 

Fatigue

As mentioned above, Irene spends a significant amount of time driving on Queensland roads. During long drives, Irene needs to remain aware of her fatigue and how that is affecting her driving. If Irene is feeling fatigued, her strategy is to make a stop off for a period of time (Irene believes that one hour is suitable for her requirements) and to have a cup of coffee and just relax for a bit until she is feeling revived. If she is doing a long haul trip and its in the evening, she plans ahead and books into a hotel for the night before proceeding with her trip the next morning when she is feeling refreshed.

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