DMIRS’ monthly safety and health snapshots look at line-of-fire incidents

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) has released its monthly safety and health snapshots focused on the resources sector.

Mine Safety Director Andrew Chaplyn said there 253 injuries and 120 notifiable incidents involving line-of-fire scenarios between October 2016 and September 2017.

“Fatal and serious injuries can result when people are caught in the line-of-fire,” said Mr. Chaplyn.

“That is why it is important to understand where this could happen in your workplace.”

He said many of these incidents are repeat situations where there are well-known precautions or controls that could prevent injuries.

“To avoid being caught in the line-of-fire you should adopt a ‘known hazard and known precaution’ approach,” said Mr. Chaplyn.

The monthly safety and health snapshots address key topics in the minerals sector that have been identified as potential areas of concern and it can be accessed and downloaded from DMIRS’ website. It can be used to assist in the development and promotion of safe work practices on mining operations.

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