13 new safety inspectors graduate in 2012
63 new specialist inspectors appointed in past two years
Recruitment program part of WA’s resources safety reform strategy
Safety in Western Australia’s resources industry has been further bolstered with the graduation of a new wave of State Government resources safety inspectors.
Mines and Petroleum Minister Norman Moore today welcomed the 13 new inspectors while presenting their certificates at an event held in Cannington.
“The recruitment process for these inspectors is extremely stringent as the role holds a huge amount of responsibility, encouraging high standards, imparting knowledge and investigating serious incidents,” Mr Moore said.
“The department has implemented a robust training program for inspectors, who come from varying backgrounds in the geotechnical, mechanical, process engineering and mining engineering fields.
“Today’s graduates will work in several specialty areas; eight will cover mines safety, four will work in petroleum and one in dangerous goods area.
“These appointments are part of an ongoing major recruitment program to attract additional safety inspectors, which is all part of the State Government’s number one aim to improve safety and health for everyone working in the resources sector.”
The Reform and Development at Resources Safety (RADARS) strategy was established by the Department of Mines and Petroleum in 2010, following independent inquiries and a spate of mining deaths.
The Minister said the new inspectors’ role was to encourage operators to uphold high safety standards.
“In the past three financial years, an average of 2,400 site visits per year have been undertaken by WA safety inspectors, with 418 operations ordered to shut down to rectify issues,” he said.
“I have every confidence this fair and robust regulation will continue with the addition of these new inspectors. This is a major step in the right direction towards achieving ‘zero harm’ in the WA resources industry.”
Liberal-National Govt contributed $17.5million since RADARS started in 2010
WA’s Resources Safety Reforms in direct response to independent reviews
Including 2009 Kenner Review of the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994
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