New mine safety inspector for North-west WA

The West Australian Government has appointed a ninth mines safety inspector to service the states north.

Ian Mckay will be responsible for inspecting the region’s 38 active mines and will help to conduct around 550 site visits.

The state now employs a total of 63 mines safety inspectors after a further four were added to the roster in August.

Three of the new inspectors will be covering the state's Northwest, while the remaining safety officer will cover the Southwest.

According to the WA Department of Mines and Petroleum "the inspectors come from varying backgrounds, sharing expertise in the geotechnical, mechanical, process engineering and mining engineering fields".

Last year the government announced it would boost the number of safety inspectors as part of a wider reform program in the state focused on increased safety on mine sites.

The move came after three serious accidents in the state.

Two miners were killed in separate accidents,one at BHP’s Port Hedland operations and the other at Rio Tinto’s Pilbara operations.

Another miner lost his leg after a hydraulic ram failed at Fortescue’s Port Hedland operations.

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