- Resources safety veteran nominated for National OHS Award
- Leadership for WA mines safety reforms recognised by nomination
- Second health and safety award nomination for 2012
Western Australia’s newly appointed head of resources safety has been nominated for a national safety award.
One week into the role of executive director for Resources Safety, Simon Ridge has been nominated for the Next Generation Mining Australia Summit’s Occupational Health and Safety Leader of 2012 Award.
Mines and Petroleum Minister Norman Moore said the nomination was well deserved.
“This nomination recognises Simon’s outstanding contribution to safety and reform in the Western Australian resources industry,” Mr Moore said.
“Simon, who is also the State Mining Engineer, has 16 years’ experience in WA mines safety and has been a central figure in the State Government’s reforms to resources safety for the WA mining industry.
“Simon was nominated by the event’s standing committee, an independent advisory board consisting of 20 mining leaders. He is one of 19 contenders for the award.”
The State Government’s reforms have increased numbers of the Department of Mines and Petroleum mines inspectors and introduced an industry-funded system.
The Minister said the reforms were part of the State Government’s response to independent reviews and inquiries, such as the 2009 Kenner Review of the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994, and a spate of mining fatalities.
The awards ceremony will be held at the fourth annual NG Mining Australia Summit in Adelaide on October 17.
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