The Queensland Mines Inspectorate has issued a safety alert after operator of a loaded rear dump truck fell asleep at the wheel, crossed the lanes and collided with an approaching empty rear dump truck.
According to the Inspectorate, it was fortunate that there were no injuries in the incident.
The operator of the empty truck saw what was happening, tried to avoid the collision and also attempted communication on the two-way radio without success.
The Inspectorate is recommending the mine’s risk management process must regularly review the operational procedures to identify any changes in circumstances.
This includes the availability of other control options, new technology or innovations, such as hard barriers, proximity detection devices and fatigue detection devices.
This improvement process is fundamental to the mining safety and health legislation, ensuring that risk is maintained “as low as reasonably achievable.”