- Andrew Chaplyn steps up to role of mines safety director
- Qualified mining engineer brings 25 years experience to the position
- Strong commitment to safe working environments
Mines and Petroleum Minister Norman Moore today announced Western Australia’s mines safety would come under a new watch, with the appointment of a 25-year industry veteran as mines safety director.
Andrew Chaplyn takes up the position left vacant after his predecessor, Simon Ridge, was promoted earlier this year to resources safety executive director.
The Minister said Mr Chaplyn, a qualified mining engineer, was an ideal fit for the role.
“Andrew has worked with the department as a regional and district mines inspector for three years and has helped drive resources safety reform in WA through the Reform and Development at Resources Safety (RADARS) strategy,” Mr Moore said.
“He has a strong commitment to safe working environments and worked in many senior leadership roles across the industry.
“I am confident Andrew will continue to hold the industry to account, applying the highest standards through risk assessments, investigations, inspections, audits and safety interactions.”
The Minister said the State Government was committed to overhauling resources safety in the WA mining industry and had taken significant steps in the past two years to introduce reforms.
“The Government introduced a cost-recovery system to help improve capacity and increased the number of mines inspectors to ensure world best practice regulatory standards for our resources sector,” he said.
“The ultimate objective is to establish resilient safety cultures in the sector to help reduce the number and severity of incidents with the aim to reach a ‘zero harm’ goal. I am pleased to be able to say there has not been a WA mining death for 16 months.
“Andrew’s appointment furthers those aims, and I look forward to working with him to implement changes that continue to improve mining safety for years to come.”
Liberal-National Govt has contributed $17.5million since RADARS started in 2010
State Govt’s Resources Safety Reforms were a direct response to independent reviews and inquiries, such as 2009 Kenner Review of the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994, and a spate of mining fatalities
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