A truck gets stuck at Goonyella-Riverside mine.
A truck gets stuck at Goonyella-Riverside mine. Contributed

Mining Mayhem goes viral

A FACEBOOK site showing the worst mining industry accidents has become an internet sensation - attracting more than 20,000 fans in less than four months.

While images of bogged and burning 20-tonne trucks might be good for a laugh, the site's creator said publishing the photos had also had an unexpected, beneficial result.

"I think it opens a few eyes up, and people think about how easily it (accidents) can happen," the South Australia-based creator, who did not want to be identified, said.

"Working in the industry, I know it happens, but I'm surprised by the amount it happens; obviously because mining companies try and keep it under hat," he said.

The site shows images from mine sites all over the world, including many from the Bowen Basin.

Included is a photo of the truck that lost its load on the Eton Range earlier this month.

A vehicle losses its load on Eton Range earlier this month.
A vehicle losses its load on Eton Range earlier this month. Contributed

However, the site's creator said workplace confidentiality surrounding the incidents meant exact details generally weren't provided.

"Most people are pretty vague with details and want to remain anonymous."

Originating from a casual chat amongst workmates, the site took less than five minutes to set up.

Since its inception four months ago, Mining Mayhem has exploded in popularity, and yesterday had 21,083 Facebook likes.

"There were a few other mining sights around showing a couple (of images) and I sort of thought it'd be interesting to show mining mayhem," he said.

A Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM) spokesman said the Queensland Government also published images of mining accidents.

"Mining incident photographs... are publicly available on the DNRM website under mining safety and health," the spokesman said.

"These bulletins and (pictures) are designed to inform industry operators about incidents and safety risks that have occurred so they can review their safety systems to minimise the risk of a similar incident happening at their mine."

Smoke pours from heavy machinery at Saraji Mine.
Smoke pours from heavy machinery at Saraji Mine. Contributed

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