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Heat stress the cause of WA miner death, DMP says

The death of a WA miner last month has been linked to heat stress, according to a significant incident report released by the Department of Mines and Petroleum.

A 28-year-old jumbo offsider collapsed while working underground on night shift, and was taken to the surface. He initially received treatment from the mine medical staff and then from the Royal
Flying Doctor Service, but passed away during the early hours of the next day.

The report stated the man was undertaking work in hot and humid conditions at the time of the collapse, and recommended actions be taken to prevent and manage heat stress.

The DMP recommended employers not expose workers to heat “so far as is practicable”, isolate sources of heat through shielding, containment and remote handling techniques, and provide adequate ventilation.

“…adopting safe work practices and appropriate administrative procedures such as job rotation, providing training to workers on measures to be taken to avoid any harmful effects from heat, and implementing appropriate workplace environmental controls and monitoring…,” the report said.

It also recommended mangers and supervisors ensure workers are trained to recognise heat stress, and workers should ensure they drink enough water.

The DMP investigation is ongoing.

The incident is believed to have occurred at Northern Star Resources’ Paulsens Gold Mine in mid-November.


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  • So sad in this day and age that this can happen. I’d like to know more about y this has occurred was ventilation inadequate, was he already dehydrated before commencing work, so important for us to understand this information to prevent this from occurring.
    Condolences to the family it will sad Christmas.

  • Unfortunately it’s up to us as a worker to make sure we drink enough water. We are all told to keep up our fluids and the dangers associated with heat stress. Poor bugger just made a poor choice

  • I worked at Paulsen’s as a rise miner for 2 years until layed off on trumped up charges,but I know the real reason was because I was complaining about the heat and fume’s as they would get me to put an escapeway up right next to the exhaust rise and then put a truck and bogger loading only 10 metres away with no refuge chamber between us which is entrapment,in 2013 the manager presented his case to the board of directors during budget talk and asked them to put an air-conditioning unit underground in which he was told that it was not warranted although quite a few workers had come to the surface with heat exhaustion the previous summer,one worker who brought his own heat monitor had been told he could not use it because it was callipered differently to there’s as his gave a higher are just a number with this company and they are blood guilty.Stephen Burnham.