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Western Australia Minister for Mines and Petroleum Bill Marmion

Additional Resources Safety Experts For WA

Victor P Taffa

  • Seven new safety specialists for WA
  • State inspector workforce boosted by 27 % since 2009
  • Experts specialise in mining, petroleum and dangerous goods

Western Australia has reaffirmed its commitment to safety in the resources industry, with the appointment of 7 new specialist safety inspectors.

The new safety specialists take the total number of Department of Mines and Petroleum inspectors to 107, including 63 mines safety inspectors, 16 petroleum safety assessors and risk analysts, and 28 dangerous goods officers.

Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion said the State Government had boosted its safety inspector workforce by nearly 30 % since late 2009, when the Reform and Development at Resources Safety (RADARS) strategy was introduced.

“RADARS were established following a series of independent inquiries and mining deaths, and continue to ensure high safety standards are being maintained at WA’s 975 operational mines and 65 petroleum sites.” Mr. Marmion said.

“These new expert safety inspectors are crucial to the ongoing health and wellbeing of the State’s 98,000 resources workforce. Last year, for the first time in a century, there wasn’t a single mining death in Western Australia – that’s a remarkable achievement and one that we would like to see repeated in 2013.”

The new safety specialists share structural, mechanical, electrical, mining and petroleum engineering expertise.

Four have been appointed to the mines safety inspectorate team, which carries out 2,400 site inspections a year.

Three are working as petroleum safety assessors and risk analysts, performing safety documentation assessments, inspections, audits and investigations related to oil and gas operations.

The new personnel are now undertaking a rigorous six-month training course, which includes familiarisation with WA safety regulation, as well as stakeholder liaison, four-wheel-drive and helicopter survival courses.

Fact File

  • Since introducing RADARS in late 2009, WA’s safety inspectors, assessors and analysts have grown from 84 to 107
  • From January 2010-June 2012, the State Govt has contributed $17.5 M to RADARS
  • 2012 saw the WA resources industry have its first fatality-free year since records began in 1896

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