The Investigation Unit publishes reports on incidents as a useful resource for industry. The reports provide:

  • information useful for a risk assessment
  • cause and circumstance of the incident
  • findings
  • best practice
  • action taken after the incident
  • relevant published reference material
Investigation information releaseIncident Date of incidentLocationReportResources
IIR19-09Causal investigation - worker injured by pin ejecting under pressure9 July 2019Ravensworth Open Cut Coal Mine, Singleton--
IIR19-08 Improving progressive rehabilitation at Whitehaven’s open cut coal mines Various Whitehaven mine sites - -
IIR19-07 Continuous miner slides into worker 30 May 2019 Ashton Coal Mine, Camberwell NSW - -
IIR19-06 Worker’s foot trapped in scraper conveyor 8 June 2019 Appin North Mine, Appin Colliery, Appin NSW - -
IIR19-05 Non-work related death 16 May 2019 Maules Creek Coal Mine, NSW - -
IIR19-04 Collision between semi-autonomous dozer and manned excavator 27 May 2019 Wilpinjong Coal Mine, Mudgee, NSW - -
-Coal worker pneumoconiosis - Worker Y14 December 2017VariousInvestigation report

Dust safety in the metals and extractives industries booklet

Airborne contaminants principal hazard management plan guidance for NSW mining and petroleum industries

Fact sheet airborne contaminants

IIR19-03 Worker injured releasing jammed conveyor chain 5 February 2019 Springvale Colliery, Lithgow, NSW - -
IIR19-02 Causal investigation - Workers evacuated after gas levels rise 21 March 2019 Metropolitan Colliery, Helensburgh, NSW Causal investigationVIDEO:
Learning from investigations: Workers evacuated after gas levels rise
IIR19-01 Shot firing incident damages vehicles 10 April 2018 Albury Quarry, Albury NSW - -
IIR18-15 Diesel flowing from a tank breather assembly causes fire on a service truck 24 November 2018 Maules Creek Mine, Boggabri, NSW - -
IIR18-14 Fall from height 29 July 2018 Cowal Gold Mine, West Wyalong - -

IIR18-13

Fatality at open cut coal mine 17 January 2018 Glendell Open Cut Mine, Ravensworth NSW -

IIR18-01

IIR18-12 Non-work-related death at an open cut coal mine 17 October 2018 Wilpinjong Coal Mine, Wilpinjong NSW - -
IIR18-11 Tyre handler fatality 3 November 2018 Bengalla Coal Mine, Muswellbrook NSW - -
IIR18-10 Grader operator suffers serious head injuries 22 October 2018 Mt Arthur Coal Mine, Muswellbrook NSW - -

IIR18-09

Causal investigation - Workers trapped in shaft winder 5 September 2018 Tahmoor Colliery Causal investigation

VIDEO:
Learning from investigations: Workers trapped in shaft winder

IIR18-08 Illegal fossicking 7 June and 26 July 2018 Meroo River near Avisford, 35 km west of Mudgee NSW - -
IIR18-07 Serious injury at an open cut coal mine 23 July 2018 Bulga Surface Operations, Singleton NSW Investigation report

VIDEO:
Learning from investigations: Bulga Open Cut dump truck collision

IIR18-06 Serious injuries at an underground coal mine 5 July 2018 Springvale Mine, Lidsdale NSW - -
IIR 18-05 Serious injuries at an underground coal mine 4 July 2018 Clarence Colliery, Clarence NSW - -
IIR18-04 Ignition of methane at continuous miner working face 23 January 2018 Chain Valley Colliery – Vales Point NSW - -
IIR18-03 Serious injury at open cut coal mine 21 April 2018 Maules Creek Mine, Maules Creek NSW - -
IIR18-02 Serious injury at open cut coal mine 2 April 2018 Werris Creek No 2 Coal Mine, Werris Creek NSW - -

IIR18-01

Fatality at open cut coal mine 17 January 2018 Glendell Open Cut Mine, Ravensworth NSW -

IIR18-13

IIR17-13

Fatality in underground metalliferous mine 14 May 2017 Perilya Southern Operations, Broken Hill NSW -

IIR17-05

IIR17-12

Causal investigation - Underground conveyor equipment incident puts workers at risk 29 August 2017 Ulan West Operations underground coal mine Causal investigation -

IIR17-11

Causal investigation - Catastrophic engine failure in an underground coal mine 4 July 2017 Wongawilli Colliery Causal investigation

IIR17-09

IIR17-10

Serious injury from diesel fire 10 August 2017 Mt Arthur coal mine Investigation report

VIDEO:
Learning from investigations: Refuelling mobile plant

IIR17-09

Causal investigation - Catastrophic engine failure in an underground coal mine 4 July 2017 Wongawilli Colliery Causal investigation

IIR17-11

IIR17-08 Dangerous shotfiring incident 17 May 2017 Moolarben coal mine Investigation report -
IIR17-07 Fatality on the surface of underground coal mine 1 June 2017 Wongawilli Colliery Investigation report -
IIR17-06 Excavator cabin detaches and falls 10 October 2016 Mangoola Mine, Wybong, Hunter Valley NSW   

IIR17-05

Fatality in underground metalliferous mine 14 May 2017 Perilya Southern Operations, Broken Hill NSW -

IIR17-13

IIR17-04 Fatality in underground metalliferous mine 3 April 2017 Peak Gold Mines, Cobar, NSW   

IIR17-03

Mixed dust pneumoconiosis - Worker X 19 December 2016 Wongawilli Colliery Investigation report

Appendix A – Worker X Respirable dust exposure and the associated risk of pneumoconiosis

Appendix B – Fact sheet Airborne Contaminants – Open cut coal mines

Appendix C – Targeted Assessment Program Consolidated report – Worker exposure to respirable dust, NSW underground coal mines, final report

Appendix D – Targeted Assessment Program Consolidated report – Airborne contaminants in underground metalliferous mines

IIR17-02 Strainburst: E26 sublevel cave (SLC) ore drive 8 2 August 2016 Northparkes Mines - -
IIR 17-01 Light vehicle collides with mine entry gate 24 December 2016 Mount Arthur Coal Mine, Muswellbrook, NSW - -
IIR16-08 Fatality from serious head injury 13 December 2016 Rix's Creek mine Investigation report -
IIR16-07 Workplace bullying Various Various - -
IIR16-06 Fatality from falling object 4 November 2016 Lightning Ridge Investigation report -
IIR16-05 Coalburst on longwall face 19 August 2016 Austar Coal Mine - -
IIR16-04 Exposure to hazardous chemicals November 2015 Manuka Silver Mine, Cobar NSW - -
IIR16-03 Serious injury of a mine worker through fall from height 1 February 2016 Sibelco sand plant Investigation report -
IIR16-02 Collision between front-end loader and light vehicle 12 March 2016 Whitehaven Coal Handling Preparation Plant, Gunnedah NSW - -
IIR16-01 Serious injury of an operator while driving 22 January 2016 Mannering Colliery, Doyalson Investigation report -
- Worker injured when struck by pipe 26 November 2015 Ulan West Operations, Ulan, NSW Investigation report -
IIR15-04 Open cut highwall failure adjacent to a public road 6 June 2015 Moolarben Coal Operations – Open Cut, adjacent to Ulan-Wollar Road, Mudgee - -
IIR15-03 Komatsu 730E dump truck crushes light vehicle 12 August 2015 Ashton Coal Handling and Preparation Plant, Hunter Valley NSW - -
IIR15-02 Fatality when crushed in pinch point 6 September 2015 Ridgeway mine, Cadia Valley Operations, Cadia, NSW Investigation report -
IIR15-01 Fatality in a residence 27 August 2014 Cudal Limestone Quarry, Cudal (near Orange), NSW - -
IIR14-06 Track mounted excavator tip over 9 September 2014 Karuah Quarry, Karuah NSW - -
IIR14-05 Worker dies in underground sump 11 June 2014 CSA Mine, Cobar NSW   
IIR14-04 Fatality when crushed between platform and steel beam 21 May 2014 Boggabri coal mine Investigation report 

IIR14-03

Double fatality due to major rib/sidewall pressure burst 15 April 2014 Austar coal mine, Paxton, NSW Hunter Valley Investigation report

Extract of consultant's report on double fatality at Austar Coal Mine

IIR14-02 D11 dozer slides into an unmarked test hole on a bench 18 November 2013 Bengalla mine, Upper Hunter Valley NSW - -
IIR14-01 Light vehicle crushed by D11 dozer 18 October 2013 Mount Arthur Mine, Upper Hunter Valley NSW - -
IIR13-06

Fatal collision between haul dump truck and light vehicle

30 November 2013 Ravensworth open cut mine Investigation report -
IIR13-05 Unplanned ejection of 18 drill pipes from a gas well 14 July 2013 Casino, NSW - -
IIR13-04 Serious injuries sustained by delivery truck driver 7 December 2011 Tasman mine Investigation report -
IIR13-03 Serious injuries caused by drill rig incident 12 August 2012 Ashton coal mine Investigation report -
IIR13-02 Fatal injuries sustained through fall from height 7 March 2013 Lightning Ridge Investigation report -
IIR13-01 Fatality from serious head injury 16 March 2013 Cobar mine Investigation report -
- Serious injuries sustained through fall from height 8 June 2012 Perilya Broken Hill Southern Operations mine Investigation report -
  Fatal injury from falling coal slab 3 June 2011 Chain Valley Colliery Investigation reportFurther commentary and extract from MDG 1005
- Worker exposed to significant risk of drowning 15 May 2011 Mount Thorley Warkworth mine, near Singleton Investigation report -
- Fire and explosion on Longwall 1 Tailgate 5 January 2011 Blakefield South mine Investigation report

CABA T-piece failure - Bureau Veritas

Examination of materials - JW Munday and Associates

Potential lightning ignition sources - Gillespie Power Consultancy

Technical report - Gillies Wu Mining Technology

- Serious inrush incident 21 February 2010 Cadia East underground mine Investigation report extractPowerpoint presentation
- Fatality caused by recoiling pipe during directional boring 1 August 2009 Eastern Star Gas, Narrabri Investigation reportPowerpoint presentation
- Fatality during maintenance of shearer loader in underground coal mine 4 April 2009 Integra underground coal mine - Powerpoint presentation
- Serious head injury sustained from human interaction with backhoe 24 August 2008 Cadia Valley Operations Investigation reportPowerpoint presentation
- Serious injury involving longwall service cassettes 21 August 2008 Beltana mine Summary investigation reportPowerpoint presentation
- Injury resulting in death involving a mobile bolter 25 July 2008 Myuna Colliery Investigation reportPowerpoint presentation
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Serious injury caused by the inadvertent rotation of a bolting rig

3 March 2008 Austar underground coal mine Summary investigation report

Powerpoint presentation

Safety Alert

- Unintended activation of loading bin 18 February 2008 Ravensworth underground coal mine coal preparation plant Investigation reportPowerpoint presentation
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Electric shock on 3.3kV equipment at Liddell

15 November 2007 Liddell coal preparation plant Summary investigation report

Powerpoint presentation

Safety Alert

- Serious injury caused by fall from height 6 November 2007 Perilya Broken Hill Southern Operations Investigation report

Powerpoint presentation

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Fatal injuries sustained from remote-controlled mining equipment

9 January 2007 Perilya underground metal mine Summary investigation reportPowerpoint presentation
- Elevated work platform incident resulting in injuries 21 March 2006 Bulga open cut mine Investigation reportPowerpoint presentation
- Electrical shock during maintenance activities 21 June 2005* Dartbrook Colliery coal preparation plant - Powerpoint presentation
- Serious spinal injury sustained during relocation of remote-controlled continuous miner 12 July 2004* Clarence Colliery underground coal mine Summary investigation reportPowerpoint presentation
- Serious head injury from chain components 28 May 2004 Metropolitan Colliery underground coal mine Summary investigation reportPowerpoint presentation
- Drift winder haulage, winder rope failure 6 May 1999* Wyee Colliery underground coal mine Summary investigation reportPowerpoint presentation