The Investigation Unit [PDF, 152.56 KB] is an autonomous unit that reports to the Secretary. It conducts investigations into major accidents and incidents in the NSW mining industry for coroner's reports and legal proceedings.

The unit aims to contribute to a better understanding and management of the safety hazards and risks in mining operations. It provides industry with information on the lessons learnt from past accidents and incidents to increase safety awareness.

It also provides training to the department's safety officers and mechanical and electrical engineering groups. This training enhances the knowledge and skills of officers who investigate incidents and accidents, enforce legislation and may be required to give evidence in court.

Enforcement approach

The enforcement approach [PDF, 149.22 KB] concerns the enforcement functions of the department relevant to health and safety in mines and addresses related issues.

Incident information releases

Investigation information releases are issued for serious incidents during the preliminary stages of an investigation. They are designed to draw attention to the occurrence of a serious incident. More than one information release can be issued for an incident, if new information becomes available.

Investigation reports

Investigation reports are issued for serious incidents in the NSW mining industry once a major investigation is finalised.

WHS undertakings

When an alleged contravention of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 has occurred, the department may accept a Work Health and Safety (WHS) undertaking instead of initiating a prosecution.

Industry reports

Reports to industry analyse the information contained in groups of incidents of a similar nature.

Overview of Safety in NSW Coal Industry

Proximity detection related incidents

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