WA celebrates death free year

The Western Australian mining industry has celebrated its first death free year in more than a century.

WA mines minister Norman Moore said this achievement is due to massive industry wide efforts and government reforms, according to The West.

Initiatives such as RADARS reform and the employment of more mines safety inspectors across the state have contributed to the record.

He has previously stated that the WA government has taken significant steps in increasing safety on site over the last two years.

“The Government introduced a cost-recovery system to help improve capacity and increased the number of mines inspectors to ensure world best practice regulatory standards for our resources sector,” Moore said.

“The ultimate objective is to establish resilient safety cultures in the sector to help reduce the number and severity of incidents with the aim to reach a ‘zero harm’ goal. 

Despite achieving its goal Moore warned against the industry taking its eye off the ball.

"The mining industry is a dangerous business, and while you aim for that (zero fatalities) I never thought we would achieve it and I am absolutely over the moon that we have," Moore said.

"But you can never ever in this industry rest on your laurels and . . . you will only be able to keep it like that if everyone keeps their eyes on the ball and mines work on the basis that safety comes first."

The achievement was also welcomed by WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy director Nicole Roocke, who stated that it was a "pleasing result".

However in a similar vein to Moore she added that "the resource sector will remain vigilant and work hard to ensure everyone gets home safe and well".

Mining injury and fatality records have been kept since the 1890s.

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