Marmion Backs Zero Tolerance To Illicit Drugs On Western Australian Mine Sites

Marmion Backs Zero Tolerance To Illicit Drugs On Western Australian Mine Sites

Western Australia Minister for Mines and Petroleum Bill Marmion

Mine Drug Scourge A Potential Death Sentence

Victor P Taffa

  • Mines Safety Inspection Act 1994 highlights concerns
  • Workers called to back their mates

Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion has backed a zero tolerance approach to illicit drugs on Western Australian mine sites.

“This is not only a Police matter, it’s a major safety issue.” Mr. Marmion said.





“To use or supply drugs on Western Australian mines and petroleum projects is potentially deadly for workers handling massive and often complex machinery.”

In the wake of a crackdown by Fortescue Metals Group and Police at the company’s Christmas Creek mine in the Pilbara, the Minister has asked the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) to give all the support it can to companies tackling the growing drug use.

“There is absolutely no place for drug use on mine sites or petroleum rigs. Safety in any work place is paramount, but in the resources sector it is critical.” Mr. Marmion said.

“Think about your workmates and their families – don’t jeopardise their future and put their lives in danger.”

Mr. Marmion said resource industry workers should all be aware of their employers’ policies on illicit drug use. Under the Mines Safety Inspection Act 1994, companies are obliged to provide safe work systems.

“Fundamental to this is ensuring employees are fit for work and do not pose any danger to their colleagues.” the Minister said.

“DMP inspectors will continue to work closely with the industry to ensure they establish and maintain the safest working conditions.”

“I’m calling on workers to back their employers, back safety and back their mates.” Mr. Marmion said.

Fact File

  • Since 2000 mine site deaths have greatly reduced relative to the size of the workforce, but in 2013 there were three, followed by another three so far this year
  • Mine rescue crews responded to 411 serious incidents during the 2013-14 financial year