Unauthorized mine access could be dangerous, reminds DMIRS

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety reminded everyone that unauthorized access to mine sites can lead to tragedy following the death of a young man while swimming in a quarry on the outskirts of Perth.

The quarry where the incident happened has been featured on social media as a recreation area despite being on a private property and undergoing rehabilitation.

DMIRS Director Mines Safety Andrew Chaplyn said mine sites should never be accessed by the public for safety reasons.

“Mine sites, whether working, undergoing rehabilitation or disused, present hazards that have the potential to cause serious injuries or worse,” said Mr. Chaplyn.

“Dangers include submerged infrastructure in pit lakes, rock falls and water-borne contaminants to name just a few.

“It is irresponsible to use social media to portray such sites as places for recreation. They are simply not safe for recreational activities.”

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