WA increases mine safety inspectors

 Western Australia has boosted the number of resources safety inspectors, appointing an additional 27 new inspectors.

The move was part of a wider reform program in the state focused on increased safety on mine sites.

“The objective is for these inspectors to more effectively oversee safety regulation of the resources industry and support the necessary cultural change within industry,” Moore said.

“It is important that the passion these inspectors have for safety is translated across the industry and kept at the forefront of every worker’s mind.”

This comes soon after three serious accidents in the state, and claims by state shadow mines minister Jon Ford that not enough is being done to address safety issues.

Two miners were killed in separate accidents recently, 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.

Shadow mines minister Jon Ford said the state would have “blood on its hands” if it continued to neglect mine safety in the Pilbara.

Ford said there was only inspector based in the Pilbara compared to nearly 15 in the Eastern Goldfields.

CFMEU division secretary Gary Wood said “the industry continually tells us that they are working more safely but we are still managing to have fatalities on a regular basis”.

The official appointment ceremony follows a targeted recruitment campaign developed as part of the safety reform process.

These new inspectors will service the resources safety inspectorates across the state.


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