The Fire and Explosion Report from NSW Government Resources Regulator released in October 2021 reveals important data around the incidents and challenges that the NSW Coal industry faces. The Resources Regulator Report focuses on 38 surface coal mines and its causes of incidents as well as notices to improve the overall industry standards.A few important highlights are below:
- Of the 38 sites assessed under the inspection program, 71% of the mines needed to make some type of adjustment related to fire and explosion risks.
- 52 notices were issued, including both “improvement notice” and “notice of concerns”.
- During the site assessments, some trends were identified and are of concern as different mines are having common issues related to fire and explosions. The critical controls theme is one that deserves more attention, followed by poor storage of flammable chemicals and workers not trained adequately on permits to work, among others issues.
Finally, the numbers of notices and incidents occurred in this period reveal that fire and explosions are still the main cause of mining accidents in NSW. In order to change this alarming scenario, control systems need to be in place in accordance with compliance and industry regulations. The fibre optics technology can be a good ally to detect incidents early, have real time data of site conditions and improve safety levels of your mine in compliance with national and international industry standards.To read the full APAPL Highlights Report please click in the link below.Download the Highlights Report here.