Large, heavy equipment, gases and dust all combine to make a minesite a dangerous place to work.
In the blink of an eye a miner can find themselves in a dangerous situation that requires quick thinking and emergency response knowledge.
Despite a zero harm goal for the industry, workers are still being injured, sometimes in remote areas that are several hours flight from medical care.
In a bid to achieve the zero harm goal, the NSW Fire Brigade continues to provide a range of emergency training courses through its business training unit ComSafe.
The ComSafe programs are designed to assist employers in meeting their OH&S responsibilities while also improving staff emergency management skills.
ComSafe’s service area manager for the Hunter and Central Coast Marc Saunders told Australian Mining that minesites often benefit more from external training rather than in-house emergency service training.
“By having a clear understanding of how external agencies respond and the operating guidelines they work to, mine sites will have a better understanding of not only knowing how to respond initially with internal resources, but also how to quickly greet, interact and assist with external emergency services.”
According to Saunders, minesites need to be in a constant state of readiness which includes keeping the correct emergency response documentation, involving procedures and policies as required by relevant legislation, on hand.
“Mine sites should have access to approved vehicles and equipment relevant to all emergency situations. This means that mine sites must have suitable maintenance for both the equipment and internal skills.”
Service Area Manager
Hunter & Central Coast
ComSafe Training Services