Pay link could cut mine deaths

Pilbara News - - News - Nick Evans

Min­ing com­pa­nies should con­sider track­ing the num­ber of se­ri­ous in­juries and near-miss ac­ci­dents to man­age­ment per­for­mance in­di­ca­tors to help re­duce the num­ber of deaths in the in­dus­try.

The rec­om­men­da­tion is con­tained in a new anal­y­sis of se­ri­ous min­ing in­juries con­ducted by the Depart­ment of Mines and Petroleum this year.

The re­port, which analy­ses se­ri­ous in­juries in the min­ing in­dus­try from re­ports sub­mit­ted in late 2013, finds that at­tack­ing the causes of se­ri­ous in­juries is more likely to lead to a re­duc­tion in min­ing fa­tal­i­ties than mea­sures of over­all safety per­for­mance of­ten used by com­pa­nies.

Most com­pa­nies use fre­quency rates for lost-time in­juries or re­stricted work in­juries in key per­for­mance in­di­ca­tors. They are used to help cal­cu­late bonuses for staff and man­age­ment.

But the DMP re­port mir­rors the long-held con­cerns of many safety ex­perts, sug­gest­ing those mea­sure­ments pro­vide a guide to over­all safety stan­dards but do not nec­es­sar­ily help com­pa­nies re­duce the num­ber of in­dus­try fa­tal­i­ties.

De­spite a fatality-free year in 2012, the num­ber of work­site deaths has re­mained rel­a­tively un­changed for more than a decade, av­er­ag­ing two to three deaths a year, ac­cord­ing to Mines Min­is­ter Bill Marmion.

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