The Department has received reports of potentially serious incidents involving graders when either a front steering wheel or a driving wheel experienced catastrophic failure of its stub axle, resulting in the wheel suddenly detaching during operation. Recent incidents include: seven steering wheels detaching, a driving wheel detaching.

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An articulated dump truck veered off a haul road. The truck driver overcorrected the steering when trying to bring the truck back onto the road, resulting in the truck rolling over.
 
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This week our Inspectors issued a prohibition notice on an item of plant that was manufactured and purchased overseas and installed by overseas contractors, including the electrical installations. Our inspectors held serious concerns about the electrical integrity of the plant and the safety risk it posed to workers. The business was unable to produce certificates of electrical compliance.
 
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A haul truck rolled onto its side at an open cut coal mine. The truck had travelled over the crest and was descending a ramp.The operator tried unsuccessfully to slow the truck. The truck contacted a windrow and rolled onto its side. There were no other vehicles in the vicinity at the time.
 
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A worker approached the side of a mobile crusher to clear away rocks that had fallen onto the catwalk. He walked across various amounts of rocks/stones on the ground which had come off the belt over the previous two weeks of crushing. He picked up a tool he had made which he uses to clear away the rocks that build up around and on the plant.
 
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Moxy operator has driven across the top of an unsecure batter with soft edges. The batters soft edges have given way as the operator traversed across, causing the Moxy to commence sliding and rolled over fully once before coming to rest at the bottom. Survey records show that it was 6m from the top to the resting place. The operator was not wearing their seatbelt at the time and sustained significant facial lacerations and fractured ribs.
 
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Reading instruction manuals thoroughly before working with complex machinery is an easy way to avoid serious injury, WorkSafe says.

The incident occurred when Fire and Mech Contracting Limited asked a worker assisting with removal of the x-ray to help cut a wire rope to clear away the machine. A spring loaded system struck the worker’s forearm, causing a serious injury including a broken radius and ulna.
 
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