The Western Australian Government has released its’ annual mine safety performance report on the mining and resources sector. Key Highlights of the report include:
WA MINE SAFETY PERFORMANCE
- Two fatal mining accidents occurred during 2018-19, one each at a construction material quarry and an iron ore operation.
- There were 425 lost-time injuries (LTIs) during 2018-19, 72 more than in the previous year (353 lost time injuries in 2017-18).
- LTIs resulted in a total of 10,359 rostered days lost and a further 11,776 rostered days of restricted work in 2018-19.
- There was an average workforce of 123,870 in 2018-19, an increase of approximately 11% from the previous year’s average of 112,021.
- The overall LTI duration rate deteriorated by approximately 13% during 2018-19, rising from 21.5 to 24.4.
- The overall LTI frequency rate deteriorated by 10% during 2018-19, rising from 2.0 to 2.2.
- The overall injury index (days lost per million hours worked) deteriorated by approximately 25%, rising from 42.2 in 2017-18 to 52.7 in 2018-19.
- Serious LTIs in mining during 2018-19 totalled 365, 69 more than in 2018-19, with the overall serious LTIFR deteriorated 13% from 1.65 to 1.87.
- The iron ore sector LTIFR deteriorated by 21%, rising from 1.4 to 1.7 during 2018-19.
- The bauxite and alumina sector LTIFR deteriorated by 23% during 2018-19, rising from 5.6 to 6.9.
- The gold sector LTIFR improved by 21% during 2018-19, falling from 1.9 to 1.5.
- The nickel sector LTIFR deteriorated by 32%, during 2018-19, rising from 1.9 to 2.5.
- There were 835 restricted work injuries (RWIs) during 2018-19, a 2% improvement on the previous year (853 RWIs reported in 2017-18).
- RWIs resulted in a total of 27,151 rostered days of restricted work in 2018-19.
- The overall RWI frequency rate for 2018-19 remains the same from 2017-18 at 4.7.
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SAFETY PERFORMANCE – WA EXPLORATION SECTOR
- There was no exploration fatality in 2018-19.
- There were 21 lost time injuries (LTIs) reported during 2018-19, 5 more than the previous year.
- LTIs resulted in a total of 664 rostered days lost and a further 247 rostered days of restricted work in 2018-19.
- There was an average workforce of 3,106 workers, an increase of 15% from the previous year’s average.
- The overall LTIFR deteriorated by 16% in 2018-19, rising from 3.2 to 3.7. Rates for exploration such as LTIFR may vary significantly from year to year due to the low numbers of both the LTIs reported and hours worked.
- There were 27 restricted work injuries (RWIs) reported for exploration during 2018-19, resulting in an RWI frequency rate of 4.7, 2% lower than the 2017-18 rate of 4.8.
- RWIs resulted in a total of 648 rostered days of restricted work in 2018-19.
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