Thursday, May 30, 2013

Hay Point BWE Fire

This incident happened in September '08 at the Hay Point coal terminal.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Busy Bench

No mayhem today, but some great photos. I don't know who these guys are, but they win at traffic management.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Moxy into Bridge

Another picture from the Birla Nifty mine. In this, the moxy tried passing under the cable bridge of the paste plant with the tub up, and obvious results.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Winder Motor Failure

Some more old pictures from the Ertsberg mine in Freeport, Indonesia. At this mine, Ore was crushed at the mine site and delivered to the concentrator via cable skips. One of the winding motors over-sped and disintegrated. No one was injured.

The second photo is the rotor segment, where it came to rest in the electrician’s yard. The lunch box, placed in shot for size reference, is about 300 mm long and 250mm high.

The rotor segment flew through the winder house wall (photo 5)..then across to the Electrician’s compound. It hit the bank just below the donga and went up through the floor / wall, out the roof and landed in the yard behind.

Photo 6 was taken looking along the “flight path”. Note the flat trajectory. The segment went under the stair stringer (upper right) – missed the cable car gondola and all the cables It hit the bank just below the donga and went up through the floor / wall, out the roof and landed in the yard behind.

Photo 7, close-up of the impact site and donga damage. Inside was an electrical foreman’s office. The, Aussie expat, foreman had just left his desk which was up against the wall just right of the window. What’s left of the desk is visible through the window.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Bogger Into Ute

Another incident from the Birla Nifty mine in the Pilbara. From the email: "The  landcruiser was parked up behind a bogger in the underground workshop with all its lights off and no radio call to the bogger op. Of course, the bogger reversed over it."

Doesn't look too bad to me. Looks like an OCE ute with about 50k on the clock.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Five Years Old!

Mining Mayhem is five years old this week. To celebrate, it's time for the annual video. This time it's a unique way of eliminating pest species.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Rear Dumper Over Waste Dump

An old photo today of a fatal incident back in the 80's at the Ertsberg Mine in Freeport, Indonesia. The photo (taken from the cable car and looking almost straight down) shows the wreck of a Cat 769 which went over the waste dump. The driver was killed. The truck was never recovered just slowly buried with more waste rock.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Tipped Bowl Truck

From the Birla Nifty mine in the Pilbara. The operator had the bowl spinning too quickly as he rounded the corner.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Water Cart Rollover

Man, these things will roll over anywhere!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Service Truck vs Excavator

Edit 13-5-2013 - Additional photo sent in by a reader

Tuesday, May 7, 2013


Dump sinkholes claim another victim. Another picture from Oxford Mining.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Broken Excavator

From Micare, in Mexico

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Rolled Loader

Sometimes getting to the mine is as dangerous as the mine itself. This is a Cat 993K.