BHP fires geologist for planking poster

A BHP geological engineer who created a spoof planking safety poster has reportedly been sacked.

The miner was one of the seven who were dismissed yesterday, with contractor Conneq confirming that it had sacked six staff, according to The West Australian.

The poster itself, which has a BHP Billiton letter head, promotes ‘safe planking’ on site.

It explains ‘Safe Planking Procedures’ or SPPs, which include “a maximum planking height of 60cm; site compliant PPE; mandatory presence of a competent spotter; supervisor approval; and performing a DPI for every planking activity.

Yesterday’s reports of the miners’ dismissal drew criticism, with many stating that BHP and Conneq over-reacted, after suggestions that some of the contractor’s employees were fired for merely watching the planking incident.

All of the miners reportedly work in the Pilbara region, with intitial information indicating some were from BHP Billiton’s Mt Whaleback iron ore mine.

Santos recently fired two of its workers for planking on the top of 60 metre smokestacks at a refinery in South Australia.

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