New advice for miners following worker’s death

The Queensland Mines Inspectorate has issued new advice to miners after a worker was struck and killed by a front end loader.

According to the investigation a worker on foot was killed after being struck by a Cat 988H front end loader.

The Inspectorate said pedestrian-vehicle safety was a "major hazard" at mines and while its investigation was still ongoing companies should conduct a review into their safety policies.

The Inspectorate said the following points should form the basis of each mine's review:

1) Designing operations, tasks and activities to eliminate or reduce the possibility of interaction between pedestrians and mobile equipment.
2) Maintaining positive communication between pedestrians and equipment operators.
3) Recognising the equipment operator's blind spots and the location of pedestrians or plant.
4) Developing clear and concise rules for the interaction of mobile equipment and pedestrians in all parts of the operation, including restricting pedestrians from areas where mobile equipment is operating.
5) Considering implementation of proximity sensing technology to limit equipment operation when persons are in the vicinity of mobile equipment.

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