Council to achieve zero harm

The NSW Mine Safety Advisory Council has met in the Hunter Valley to discuss ways to change the culture of mineworkers to prevent deaths and injuries on the job.

Two people have died this year in mining—related accidents in the Hunter Valley.

The Council aims to implement a holistic approach to communication and marketing, fostering a ‘world leading Occupational Health and Safety culture’.

NSW Minister for Mineral Resources Ian Macdonald said the Council was prioritising important initiatives for the NSW mining and extractives industry.

“The Council’s dedication to achieving its goal of zero harm in the mining industry is commendable and I support its strategic direction to achieve this outcome by fostering a world-leading health and safety culture,” Macdonald said.

Council chairman Norman Jennings said an industry summit late last year agreed improvements were still needed.

“The outcomes of this summit were directed towards reaching world leading health and safety culture in the industry as opposed to looking at the purely technical ways of making work safer,” he said.

“The Council’s meeting in the Hunter addressed some of the particular issues that we are going to move forward on.”

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