Australian Mining conference delves into safety on site

Australian Mining's inaugural safety conference has seen a record turn out.

The conference, which was opened by WA mines minister Norman Moore this morning in Perth, hosted a number of different speakers focused on the changing aspects of safety on site.

The speakers, which included the CSIRO's Jock Cunningham, WA DMP's director for mine safety Simon Ridge, and industry leaders, discussed current trends in blasting, drilling, and automation safety.

Ridge used the conference as an opportunity to highlight the work the Department of Mines and Petroleum has done in creating a brand new Code of Practice for exploration drilling.

'This is really an area that we've neglected in the past, and are now paying more attention to it, particularly in the area of safety, as it has a slightly high LTIFR than the rest of the industry historically," Ridge told the conference.

Automation and its place on the site was delved into.

RCT's Noel Northcott, the CSIRO's Jock Cunningham, and Transmin's Adrian Boeing explained how semi-autonomous vehicles are changing safety on site by taking the man out of the operation.

Aon Hewitt's Genevieve Paton also discussed the people risk factors for mining companies and the cost of poor management on safety.

Mental health on the mine site was also investigated.

The CRRMH chief Jennifer Bowers asked whether mining's attitude to mental health had really progressed since the days of Red Dog.

Generational change and the affect it will have on mining was also weaved throughout the event.

Moat speakers at the event brought up how the different attitudes of Gen Y towards safety, the greater use of technology and automated devices, and their greater awareness of mental health issues will see a massive shift in how business is done as Baby Boomers slowly leave the industry and retire.

Catch Australian Mining tomorrow, where we will host raw podcasts of the event.

And keep an eye out for the planned 2nd mining conference, which will be held in Brisbane early next year.

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