Another crane safety incident at Roy Hill mine

Another incident involving cranes has put the safety spotlight back on Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill mine.

A crane tipped at the mine site yesterday during a commissioning and testing procedure.

This is the third incident involving cranes and heavy lifting equipment at the site.

Last week Western Australia’s Department of Mines and Petroleum revealed it issued two prohibition notices at the mine in the past year.

A spokeswoman for the company confirmed the incident occurred yesterday during a test being supervised by an independent plant inspector who was assessing and validating the competency of the equipment and crane operator in accordance with the requirements of the prohibition notice issued by the DMP.

“The test was undertaken in a controlled environment and being supervised by the Inspector, who was mobilised to site by Leighton Construction (formerly Thiess),” the spokeswoman said.

The crane was not lifting anything at the time and no injuries occurred.

All crane activities at the mine have been suspended pending an investigation.

CEO of Roy Hill Barry Fitzgerald said the company recognises there have been some serious issues in regards to safe lifting and crane operations being undertaken by head contractor, Samsung C&T and Leighton Construction at the mine processing plant construction site.

“The incidents that have occurred are not acceptable; and we continue to cooperate fully with the DMP to ensure lifting operations can be undertaken safely and without incident,” Fitzgerald said.

“We take this issue very seriously as it does not reflect our values and how we work at Roy Hill.

“We have escalated this issue to the highest levels within Samsung C&T and Leighton Construction to ensure this matter receives the attention and focus it demands. We have also seconded our most senior safety person to Samsung C&T to drive a step change in regards to safe lifting operations.”

The DMP sad a team of safety inspectors will travel to Roy Hill next week to audit the management systems for high-risk activities at the site – however these audits were already scheduled prior to yesterday’s incident.

No DMP inspectors are currently at Roy Hill.

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