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Northern Territory Mining Accident and Injury Summary 1997/98



Northern Territory Mining Accident and Injury Summary 1997/98

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Tabled Paper 960


Tabled papers for 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by Daryl Manzie


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Serious Incidents A plant operator reached through a conveyor guard to spray belt grip" on the drive drum after the belt had stalled. The belt restarted and pulled his arm into the nip point, tearing his arm off at the shoulder. He ran 40 metres to raise the alarm before collapsing. In another conveyor incident, a crusher operator climbed over the handrail to get a better view of material on the belt. He rested his foot on a tripper end buffer and was trapped when the tripper car unexpectedly reversed to the end buffer. A number of heat stroke incidents occurred due to a range of activities including exploration, underground mining and operating hot processing equipment. A contractor was standing in the shade of a quarry face watching a dozer operating in the quarry. He was severely bruised when a rock weighing in excess of 20kg dislodged from the face and struck his back. An electrician dropped his tools onto live bus-bars of a diesel-fuelled power station resulting in blowup of the circuit breaker and power outage to the mine treatment plant. He sustained severe burns to his neck, forearm and hands. A crane was used to lift the calming chain curtain from the primary crusher feed conveyor. During the lift the hook parted from the overhead crane sheave block, dropping the 5 to 6 tonne curtain. Deformation to the hook and prior damage to the sheave block were contributing factors to this disturbing incident. Chart Notes 1997/98 saw a number of eye injuries resulting in lost time, a direct contrast to none in 1996/97. It is timely to consider whether current eye protection is appropriate to the job at hand. Back injuries dominate the statistics, other muscular stress" being the most common mechanism for these joint and muscle strains". Manhandling of heavy items should be eliminated wherever possible. In this day and age mechanical devices are available for almost any job and their use would reduce these types of disabling injuries. Reducing the LTIFR from near 40 in 1989 to around 8 in 1998 is quite an achievement. The challenge now to keep reducing this statistic will certainly reveal the Northern Territorys commitment to continuous improvement. Analysis of Lost Time Injuries Part of Body Injured Nature of Injury Agency of Injury Mechanism of Injury Number of Lost Time Injuries by Mechanism and Nature 13 'c o a> y V V I*v>;J /</ / / - vo' / *V H //# / l 4 Number of Lost Time Injuries by Nature and Body Location @ Body Location of Injury Joint or muscle strains Fractures Government printer of the Northern Territory

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