Safety notices issued at Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill mine

Western Australia’s Department of Mines and Petroleum has issued prohibition notices at Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill mine.

The $10 billion iron ore mine is due for completion on September this year, with Samsung C&T the lead contractor at the site.

Director of mines safety at the DMP, Andrew Chaplyn, said Roy Hill was issued with two prohibition notices in the past year.

Chaplyn said the notices were issued after a number of incident reports in relation to working with cranes and elevated platforms.

“While no workers were injured in the incidents, the notices were issued as the incidents raise serious safety concerns which the department is investigating,” Chaplyn said.

A team of specialist DMP safety inspectors will travel to Roy Hill in late January to audit the management systems for high-risk activities at the site.

Chapyln said Roy Hill management have been proactive in addressing these issues and are cooperating with safety inspectors.

Prohibition notices are issued when DMP considers a mine, plant, mining practice or hazardous substance at a mine to be dangerous or likely to become dangerous and urgent action is required.

A spokeswoman at Roy Hill told SMH a crane was found to be damaged and taken out of service before the prohibition notices were issued.

"The prohibition notice applies to lifting activities in an isolated work area and does not impinge upon construction-related activities elsewhere on the project," the spokeswoman said.

"Based on the work already undertaken, we anticipate returning to normal lifting operations within days.

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