WorkSafe Victoria recently issued a safety alert regarding a recent incident at a quarry when a dump truck was tipping waste material over the crest of a dump head and the slope failed.
Tipping off or extracting rock, sand, or gravel from or in the vicinity of a slope may put employees or independent contractors at risk of: falling from the crest of the slope; being engulfed by materials from sliding, collapsing or subsiding slopes; and/or being struck by falling materials or plant.
WorkSafe Victoria said risks associated with working near the crest and toes of slopes in quarries can be controlled by:
conducting geotechnical stability assessments of slopes, including pit operating faces, overburden faces, overburden
dumps, product stockpiles, and tailing dam embankments
providing employees and independent contractors with information, instruction, training or supervision to enable them to perform their work in a way that is safe and without risks to health and safety
ensuring that safe systems of work are in place and include:
loading and unloading material near slope faces
working near slope faces (eg preparing shots), and
conducting regular visual inspections, particularly after heavy rain events, for signs of geotechnical hazards (for example, cracks in the slope face).
Unit 2/217-219 Mickleham Rd Tullamarine Victoria 3043