WA Mine Fatalities a Concern

650x433xmines.jpg.pagespeed.ic.DHiIIE-SmaThe influx of inexperienced workers in the mining industry together with cost cutting has been blamed for the increased number of mine deaths.

According to a state government mine safety expert, inexperience among mine workers in WA is partly to blame for the high number of fatalities. The number of deaths seems to be gradually increasing since 2013. In 2012 there were no deaths but there were 3 in 2013 and 2014 and this year so far there have been 4 pointing to a possible deterioration of safety.

Cost pressures are also a significant factor in the lack of safety and increasing fatality rate.

Read more at http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-14/inexperienced-workers-a-factor-in-increased-mine-deaths/6851872?section=wa

Serious Worker Injury Results in $90,000 Fine for Mining Company

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Source: www.som.uq.edu.au

A processing firm has been slapped with a $90,000 fine for an incident that happened in 2012 which resulted in a serious injury for one worker.

The firm pleaded guilty to 2 charges of failing to provide a safe work environment following the October 2012 incident.

The worker was seriously injured after being stuck by a one tonne pipe and being swept off the stack of pipes. The worker fell 4 meters. The man was rigging the pipes to a crane before they could be unloaded from the truck when the incident happened.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/10/company-fined-90000-providing-safe-work-environment/#.VhJex_mqqko