New safety inspectors hit WA mines

Four new mines inspectors have been appointed in Western Australia.

Three of these 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".

Simon Ridge, a DMP state mining engineer, these new appointments mark another achievement in the Department's push for safety under its RADARS program.

"These new inspectors have completed an intensive training program, so I am confident they will uphold high standards," Ridge said.

"Now they can focus on really making a difference to safety in the mining sector.

"Their main aim will be to support the necessary cultural change within industry – encouraging industry operators to keep safety a top priority at all times."

These inspectors are the first of ten new mine safety inspectors, with three more planned for later this year.

Ridge has previously been recognised for his work in mine safety, earlier this year winning the Jim Torlach Health and Safety award from AusIMM.

He played a key part in the appointment of 25 mines safety inspectors during 2010 and 2011.

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