06:58 pm, Thursday 15 April, 2010
Operations have recommenced in the Leinster nickel mine yesterday while safety authorities continue their investigation into an accident that has claimed a man’s life.
According to the mining company, workers have started surface operations after work was suspended in the days following the tragic incident. However, full production will not resume for several weeks.
Meanwhile, WA Greens’ Alison Xamon said changes to the mine safety system in the state should change.
“The solutions are out there. They’ve been out there for some time. By calling an urgent judicial inquiry we will finally bring it to a head,” she said.
“We have had three reviews of the Mines Act already in the last 10 years and several inquiries into the resources industry and the same things keep getting found over and over again.
“It’s just about time someone started implementing rather than constant investigations.”
According to Mines Minister Norman Moore, the industry is starting to introduce a risk-based assessment scheme.
He has downplayed the opposition’s call for a royal commission into the worker’s death.