The NSW Resources Regulator position is that all fires on mobile plant are avoidable and preventable and the Regulator will be taking a zero-tolerance approach where mine operators have not taken appropriate steps to manage this risk.

Fires on mobile plant are inherently dangerous. They impact on the safety of workers and have potentially catastrophic consequences.

Despite a focus on the issues in recent years, the number of incidents remains unacceptably high and without further action, the number of fires occurring on mobile plant will continue to be elevated. 

The Regulator is committed to working with industry to ensure health and safety obligations are being met to reduce the number of fires on mobile plant and to prevent potentially catastrophic events. To achieve these goals, we have adopted the following position and expectations: 

  • Pre-start checking requirements
  • Engineering and maintenance standards
  • Maintainer and Operator training, and
  • Over-sight of standards on sites


Last Updated: 25/05/2022 11:43:17am