Australia has had a long history of relying on the economic benefits of mining. Iron ore, gold, coal, liquid gas and other commodities have been produced and sold overseas for decades. Today the mining industry employs more than 200,000 people, or about 2% of Australia's workers. 122 mining workers were killed between 2003 and 2015, accounting for 4% of all fatalities.
Mine operators are required to follow additional health and safety state regulations. Some industries, such as Queensland coal, have their own sector-based legislation. Typical hazards within mining include:
- plant and heavy machinery
- toxic gases, liquids and substances
- working at heights
- rock fall and other geotechnical hazards
- fatigue associated with long working and travel hours, shift work and remote works
With their experience in Australia's remote gold mines, Heinrichs Safety can provide valuable support to help you manage your challenging operating environment.