With the festive season upon us, miners have been reminded to make safety a priority while working in Western Australia’s mine sites.
State Mining Engineer Andrew Chaplyn said in 2016-17 one worker was killed while working at a Western Australian mining operation, while a further 313 people suffered a serious lost time injury – an injury that disables a worker for two weeks or more.
“These figures are a reminder that we still have too many people being put in harms’ way while working in our mining industry,” Mr. Chaplyn said.
“While safety is improving we cannot, and should not, accept the current number of fatalities and injuries.
“As a regulator, the department raises awareness and seeks compliance. We are also committed to thoroughly investigating incidents to provide safety information to the industry, which helps protect workers and safeguard the community.
“However, each and every person involved in the mining industry must also take responsibility for the safety of themselves and their workmates.
“Take the time to think about the safety, of yourself and your workmates, even if it’s a task that’s been done a hundred times before. Because it only takes a momentary lapse in applying risk controls for a tragedy to occur.
“Whether you are an executive, manager, supervisor, worker or regulator, we all have a critical role to play in improving safety in Western Australia’s mining industry.
“It is a role we all need to make our highest priority because the costs of not doing so are far too high.”