The West Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum have launched a safety series focused on helping identify hazards on site.
The DMP’s Resources safety Division has developed the ‘Know Your Hazards’ video series to help workers identify potential hazards and to reduce the severity and frequency of workplace accidents.
“If hazards are not recognised or understood, supervisors and workers will not be taking appropriate precautions to eliminate them or reduce the risks,” DMP Resources Safety executive director Simon Ridge said.
“This is why we have produced a series of short educational videos to assist workers to understand the concepts behind some common hazards encountered in the resources industry.”
The first video in the series, titled ‘Raising the Issues’ focuses on improving lifting and rigging practices.
“These are issues have that have caused a number of fatalities, serious accidents and near misses in recent years,” Ridge said
The series was launched yesterday by WA mining minister Bill Marmion at WA’s underground mine training centre The Cut.
“To protect yourself from harm you must know what can harm you, and these videos provide key pointers on the basics of friction, tensile strength and centre of gravity,” Marmion said.
The videos will be shown as part of the WA DMP’s annual Mines Safety Roadshow, and will be available online.