Resources and Employment Protection Minister John Bowler has praised Mines Rescue training and procedures which protected nine Kambalda miners from a fire yesterday.
The actions of the trapped miners and the skill of the mines rescue team which responded, ensured all involved escaped the truck fire at the Leviathan Gold mine at St Ives south of Kambalda.
“Over the years, I have been very impressed with the dedication and skill of the State’s mines rescue teams,” Mr Bowler said.
“Having covered one of the first Mines Safety competitions as a journalist, when they were reformed more than 20 years ago, I have noticed an amazing growth in commitment and standard of skills among all the teams.
“I was not surprised to hear that the hard work and dedication had paid off during yesterday’s fire at Kambalda, as I am sure it will in any other incidents.”
The Minister said yesterday’s incident emphasised the need for safety training and appropriate systems first of all to prevent incidents, but also to respond when needed.
“The continued work of the Western Australian Government, the Chamber of Minerals and Energy, mining companies and employee representatives has ensured the provision of the best possible safety equipment, including the safety refuge chambers that were used yesterday,” Mr Bowler said.
“WA is one of the few States which require the compulsory use of refuge chambers in all underground mines, and they have certainly proved their worth.
“I extend my personal congratulations and thanks, to all involved in yesterday’s incident, for a job well done.”
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