A worker in Victoria was recently injured in an incident in which a filter tank ruptured during commissioning of a paste plant and released about 400 tonnes of slurry.
The 200,000 litre filter tank failed at a newly commissioned paste plant, and the tank was being filled with thickened tailings (slurry) for the first time.
The wall in the tank’s lower section ruptured and a section of the tank wall came away, causing significant damage to the structural components of the surrounding building.
Employees in the immediate vicinity were impacted by the slurry mass which was released, and one employee suffered an eye injury from contact with the slurry.
To reduce the risk of plant failure, mine operators should ensure:
Under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 (OHS Regulations), WorkSafe Victoria said mine operators must:
Furthermore, employers and self-employed persons with management or control of plant must: