Touching the void

THERE have been 25 incidents where pieces of machinery have fallen into voids at mine sites in Western Australia over the past five years, according to the latest safety snapshot by the WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.

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The incident in December 2015 that saw a light vehicle driven partly over the edge of an open stope.

Also, in 2017-18 the frequency rate of machinery falling into voids was nearly double that for the previous year, which has prompted a warning for operators to identify hazards and control measures

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