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1 Please read this before using presentation This presentation is based on content presented at the Mines Safety Roadshow held in October 2013 It is made available for non-commercial use (e.g. toolbox meetings, OHS discussions) subject to the condition that the PowerPoint file is not altered without permission from Resources Safety Supporting resources, such as brochures and posters, are available from Resources Safety For resources, information or clarification, please contact: or visit 1

2 Review of fatal accidents on WA mines What do the findings tell us? 2

3 What are the employer’s duties? 3 Provide a safe working environment so far as is practicable A safe workplace, plant and systems of work Information, instructions and training Consult and co-operate with safety representatives and employees Personal protective equipment (PPE) Arrangements for safe use, cleaning, maintenance, transportation and disposal of plant Arrangements for safe use, handling, processing, storage, transportation and disposal of substances

4 What are the employee’s duties? Take care of own safety Do nothing to adversely affect others Report incidents and hazards Assist with development of safe systems Safety representatives and committees 4

5 What are the objectives of this review? 5

6 Methodology 6 Archives of 52 fatal accidents from WA mining industry for 2000 to 2012 Records of investigations from DMP archives Current investigations Selected causation factors Analysis of data Presentation of results to industry

7 Employee statistics for WA mining ,982 96, ,059 3,211 3,517 10,500 35,465 85,190

8 Total employees and fatalities

9 Factors considered 9 Principal employer Mine site Date and day of fatality Age – deceased and supervisor Occupation Category – surface or underground Activity – maintenance or production Commodity group Procedure and compliance Modifications to original equipment manufacturer’s (OEM’s) procedure Trigger – unsafe act or workplace

10 Factors considered 10 Roster cycle – deceased Days into roster Shift – day or night Time of accident Hours into shift Duration of employment at mine site Duration in the role – deceased and supervisor Contractor Visa status – 457 Visa Language – English speaking Events resulting in fatality and additional information

11 comprise 70% of total 11 Occupation of deceased Tradesmen 9 Fitters 3 Electricians 4 Technicians 3 Maintenance Operators 5Haul truck drivers 4Service vehicles 3LHD (bogger) 4Jumbo 1Bulldozer

12 48% of fatalities were employees within first 24 months in the job or role Risk of fatality is nearly three times higher within first year in job or role, compared with third year 12 Duration in role – deceased Months in job Relevance to total numbers employed in each category is not shown as statistics for totals are not available >

13 Duration at mine site – deceased 49% of fatal accidents occur within first year at mine site 13

14 Duration in role – supervisor Relevance to total numbers employed in each category is not shown as statistics for totals are not available. Small sample size as incomplete records due to information not being requested at that time 14 6% of fatalities occurred under supervision of supervisors who had been in role for less than one week 44% of fatalities occurred under supervision of supervisors who had been in role for less than one year 68% of all fatalities occurred under supervision of supervisors who had been in role for less than three years No fatalities for 1-4 weeks, 7-8+ years, years 1-6 days 3-4+ years 5-6+ years 1-2+ years months 11 years and more

15 Compliance with procedures 15 73% of fatalities occurred when there was a procedure in place

16 Time of day 16 No trends in roster type No trends for days of week Some clusters identified: −last 2-3 hours day shift −5 hours into the shift −11 pm and 3 am on night shift Biorhythms Fitness for work Human error Fatigue and concentration

17 Days into roster More fatalities at beginning of roster cycles than at end Peak is on day 5 Wide range of roster types Longest roster cycle was 28 days 17

18 Age group of deceased % of fatalities aged after completion of apprenticeships (5 year increment) 29% of fatalities aged (10 year increment) 44% of fatalities aged These statistics are not shown relevant to total numbers of employees in each age group

19 Commodity group 19 Gold and nickel account for 56% of mining fatalities 33% iron ore 11% others (limestone, hot briquetted iron, diamonds, alumina) Major mining provinces in Goldfields and Pilbara still areas of concern Gold Iron ore Nickel Other

20 Surface and underground fatality comparison 20 Total underground fatalities are about half that of surface As a proportion of the total workforce, underground workers were over-represented in the fatality numbers by a factor of almost five Marked improvement in underground safety since 1990s

21 Ten critical factors – multiple fatalities 21

22 Less critical factors 22

23 Proposed areas for improvement 23


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