WEEKLY INCIDENT SUMMARY - Week ending Friday 24 May 2019
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A dozer was preparing an access and windrow at an open cut coal mine at night. The operator became disorientated and inadvertently trimmed over the rill face. The operator was able to bury the blade into the rill material and halt the machine. The mine’s emergency response team retrieved the operator, who was uninjured.

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Accelerated silicosis

Silicosis is an irreversible and progressive disease that causes fibrosis of the lungs from the inhalation of RCS.

As of February 2019, 99 confirmed cases of silicosis associated with engineered stone benchtop work have been identified in Queensland, Australia.

Many of these cases have been consistent with accelerated silicosis, a form of the disease which develops over a short period (5 to 10 years) from inhalation of very high concentrations of RCS.

In New Zealand, there is a lack of data on the prevalence of silicosis and exposure levels of RCS. Also, recent trends cannot be observed due to the time lag of developing disease. Therefore, this Safety Alert aims to raise awareness of this potential issue before there are confirmed cases here.

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Fall from height after failure of retractable type lanyard
In June 2018, a scaffolder fell while crossing a void 5.7 metres above the ground. The scaffolder was wearing a fall arrest harness with a retractable type lanyard connected to a horizontal guardrail of a scaffold platform. When stepping 1.3 metres laterally to access a pipe support structure, the inertia reel mechanism of the lanyard engaged, impacting the scaffolder's balance. This caused the scaffolder to fall backwards through the void and swing against the scaffold structure. The webbing on the retractable lanyard then sheared below the shock (energy) absorber component. The scaffolder fell approximately four metres, landing on a staircase and dislocating his shoulder.

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Beware of sunstrike
If you leave for work or head home at the same time each day you will be aware of the potential for sunstrike. You may also encounter it driving around site. People who drive in the early mornings at this time of year are very aware of what can happen when the driver is momentarily blinded. 

You need to be prepared for sunstrike and anticipate its effects, maybe even consider changing the route you drive if that is possible.

Early morning and late afternoons are the highest-risk times when all drivers, pedestrians and cyclists need to be extra cautious. Even if you’re not behind the wheel of a car, those who are might not be able to see you.

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