Output of the inquire into the actual manner of Paul Strong’s death.

The investigators noted that by attempting to lay the tyre down in the 4.5 metre space between the Komatsu and the Volvo service vehicle, Paul Strong was only allowing space of just over 1 metre for himself and his remote control.

He died of multiple injuries sustained when he was crushed by the tyre of a Komatsu 730E earthmover truck, in a work related accident.

Recommendations were made to the effect that:

  1. That all mine operators in New South Wales ensure that systems are in place to prevent persons from operating vehicle loading cranes whilst standing in hazardous positions. These should include vehicle loading crane tyre handlers and remote-controlled VLC’s.
  2. That the Department of Primary Industries makes appropriate application to Standards Australia and upon receipt of such appropriately made application, Standards Australia form a project team to develop an Australia and New Zealand Standard for the safe use of Remote Controls for mining equipment, having specific application to radio-controlled tyre handlers used on the surface of mines.


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