Mines Minister Andrew Cripps, told a budget estimates hearing on Tuesday that despite the dramatic rise in reports, the new statistics should still be seen in a positive light.
“It is not a bad thing that we had an increase in high-potential incidents that were reported to the inspectorate,” he said.
“It is an indication of a strong culture of reporting potential safety hazards in the industry.”
2170 high-potential incidents were reported in the 2013-14 financial year, compared to 1873 from the 2012-13 financial year.
Mr Cripps told the newspaper that all safety statistics were currently being analysed to isolate areas that may require greater and more urgent attention.
“We must always encourage (safety) culture on our mine site because safety is everyone’s responsibility on a mine site,” he said.
“Whilst we have had an increase of those reported potential incidents to the inspectorate, I’m not concerned about that, I encourage those reporting.”
“Eliminating fatalities and serious accidents is directly related to effectively managing risks and associated hazards in the mining industry,” Mr Cripps said.
Source: The Daily Mercury