The Department of Mines and Petroleum’s 12th annual Mines Safety Roadshow began in Kalgoorlie yesterday, promoting the importance of mine safety.
The show will travel across nine towns and cities in WA throughout October and November including Newman, Tom Price, Karratha, Port Hedland, Bunbury, Mandurah, Geraldton, and Perth.
It is the first time in several years the roadshow has been held in Tom Price, with mines safety director and state mining engineer Andrew Chaplyn saying it is “indicative of the growth of the event in the past few years”.
This year’s theme is ‘pressing concerns’, with a focus on the risks associated with getting caught, trapped, or crushed on site. It will feature discussions on mental wellbeing, safety culture, and the role of safety representatives.
Chaplyn added that it will also feature a screening of the third instalment of the ‘Know Your Hazards’ video series, targeting workers and supervisors to recognises common workplace dangers in an effort to minimise workplace injuries.
“The first instalment of videos was produced to coincide with the 2014 roadshow and, since then they have been viewed more than 9500 times,” he said.
Each of the discussion sessions will begin with an update of the state’s current mines safety and health status from both industry and regulatory bodies.
“It is an interactive event that encourages engagement and the exchange of ideas to help improve safety on Western Australia’s mine sites,” he said.