Safety above profit is commonly exclaimed as mining company’s priority order, but what is really being done to ensure this?
When it comes to safety, information is the key, learning from other’s experiences and professional’s best practices are imperative for employee safety.
Australian Mining editor Cole Latimer said timely discussions about mine site safety is important for ensuring best practice is implemented and track records are not only maintained but bettered.
“The conference is designed to create a better understanding of the safety issues and solutions in the mining industry right now,” Latimer said.
This year’s Mining Safety Conference has enlisted the deputy director-general commissioner for mine safety and health Stewart Bell to provide a strategic overview of mining safety, and with over thirty years in the safety sector he is highly qualified to do so.
Following the New Zealand Pike River Mine disaster in Novemeber 2010 where twenty-nine miners died in a gas explosion, Bell led the Royal Commission’s investigation into the accident.
The investigation into the tragedy took over 12 months and cost the NZ government $10.5 million to complete.
The report that was produced includes many valuable lessons for all mines including surface, underground, coal, metals, quarries and extractive industries.
Bell will also be discussing fatigue, giving a comprehensive analysis of recently introduced guidelines.
Former Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has in the past said "Stewart Bell is one of the world’s leading mine safety and health experts and brings over 25 years of international experience to the role”.
“He also has vast experience in chemical, gas and dust problems in mines; and is an international expert in monitoring, controlling and the inertisation of mine fires," she said.
In addition to this the event’s line up includes a wrap up of technological developments in the mine safety space from CSIRO researcher Jock Cunningham as well as an employee mental health focus from Dr Jennifer Bowers, CEO of the Australian Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health.