Director Mines Safety Andrew Chaplyn said there were 17 serious injuries and on death in Western Australia’s mineral exploration industry in 2017.
“Drilling in any environment can be hazardous, but mineral exploration in remote locations, such as those found in Western Australia, presents additional risk factors,” said Chaplyn.
“These factors include the risk of extreme weather events, accessibility difficulties, and distance from emergency services.”
Last year, a total of 1,126 injuries and 2,470 notifiable incidents were reported to the department. Of these, 27 injuries and 77 notifiable incidents involved exploration operations.
“While exploration operations may only account for a small number of injuries and notifiable incidents, the risk factors associated with these operations can impact on the safety and health outcomes for workers,” said Mr. Chaplyn.
“That’s why it is important exploration operations review their safe work practices and ensure the safety and health of workers is a priority.”