This industry includes:
- metal ore mining
- gas extraction
- construction material mining
- mineral processing
Occupations in this industry include:
- underground machinery operators
- associated trades like metalworkers, electricians
- truck drivers.
Most common hazards and injuries
Workers in this industry are likely to be injured at work due to:
- body stressing injuries caused by hazardous manual tasks
- slips, trips and falls
- being hit by moving objects
- mental stress.
Common hazards that workers in this industry are exposed to include:
- airborne contaminants
- fatigue due to shift work
Appointment of mine operator and site senior officer
A mine holder must appoint a mine operator who:
- manages or controls the mine
- must have the capacity and resources to ensure that work at the mine can be carried out safely.
A site senior officer must also be appointed before any mining operations are carried out at the mine. The site senior officer must have the appropriate background, experience and competence to carry out their functions under the Mines Work Health and Safety (Supplementary Requirements) Act, taking into account:
- the level of risk to health and safety arising from mining operations at the mine
- the size of the mine
- the technical expertise available to the site senior officer at the mine.
The supporting Regulations also specify formal qualifications for site senior officers at large mining sites.
See appointment notification forms in Resources and solutions below.
Health and safety management systems
The mine operator must develop, implement, maintain and review an overall health and safety management system for the mine that is commensurate with the nature, size and complexity of the mine and mining operations, and the associated risks.
In addition, there are hazards associated with mining operations that, although they have a low likelihood of occurrence, have the potential to cause very serious incidents. This category of hazard is known as a ‘principal mining hazard’.
The mine operator must:
- identify the principal mining hazards associated with their mining operations
- develop a specific management plan to address these.
See Principal Mining Hazard Management Plans in Resources and solutions below.