WA Mines Show a Duty of CareNathan Cartwright
Under section 9(1)(a) of the Mines Safety & Inspection Act, employers have a duty to ensure, as far as practicable, that employees are not exposed to hazards at the workplace.
To ensure a safe and healthy mine, the mine should be modified to suit people, not the other way around.
Three basic steps should be taken as follows:
- Identify the Hazards — recognise things that may cause injury or harm to the health of a person, such as flammable material, ignition sources or unguarded machinery;
- Assess the Risk — look at the possibility of injury or harm occurring to a person if exposed to the hazard; and
- Reduce the Risk — introduce measures to eliminate or reduce the risk of a person being exposed to the hazard.
- Spill Control Equipment plays a critical role in reducing slip hazards in all workplaces.