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Date PostedFebruary 14, 2014

Workplace Accident results in Fatality on Tasmanian Site

A worker has died on a copper mine on Tasmania’s west coast, the same mine where 2 men were killed last month.

The man was a 53 year old loader operator who was contracted to work on the site. The man died from injuries sustained during a mud rush at the Mount Lyell mine in Queenstown last week.

The mine’s rescue team found the operator after he was not responding to calls. According to reports the man had died from the mud rush in the mine’s lower levels. A mud rush is a when mud a sudden inflow of mud occurs from underground openings. As the name suggests they happen fast and unexpectedly, making them the cause of numerous other mining deaths in Australia.

What makes this incident even more concerning is that it is the 3rd fatality at the mine in the last 6 weeks. Just last month 2 other workers died after falling 35 metres from a platform in the main shaft while conducting maintenance work.

All 3 deaths are under investigation by workplace safety officers. Work on the site was suspended after the 2 deaths last month and was restarted. Now with the latest death, work has been suspended again.

It seems not a month goes by when we don’t hear about an accident on a mining site and very often these accidents are fatal. Because of the extremely high risk nature of mining construction, complacency can kill. That is why it is important that everyone employed has first completed general construction industry induction training (also known as White Card training).

Although the mining industry has grown substantially over the last few years, the number of accidents has also increased. It is vitally important that everyone who is considering a career in the mining industry first completes general construction safety training to ensure that they are aware of the risks associated with construction work.

If you want to be part of this fast pace industry, then your first step is completing the online White Card course. It takes just a few hours to complete and can be done from the convenience of your home or office.

The White Card allows you to work in the mining industry and the knowledge learnt is particularly useful on rural sites which are also often shifting. More good news is that white card allows you to work anywhere in Oz, in any state or territory so you do not need to repeat the training if you chose to move to another area.

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Steven Asnicar is regarded as a leader across many fields of industry. In particular, his specialisation across the health, infrastructure, construction, resource and utility sectors has seen him successfully change the dynamics of these industries through the introduction of new strategic, marketing, training and technical frameworks. Steven works closely with industry peak bodies such as Safework Australia, Australian Logistics Council, National Advisory for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (NATESE) and the Council of Australian Governments in the development of new delivery standards and industry specific programs.

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