Mine safety reporting in the spotlight

Queensland Resources and Critical Minerals Minister Scott Stewart and Interim…

Queensland Resources and Critical Minerals Minister Scott Stewart and Interim Commissioner for Resources Safety and Health Andrew Clough have released ‘The state of safety reporting culture in Queensland’s mining industry’ report.

The report marks the first time an industry-wide survey into the safety reporting culture of the Queensland mining industry has been carried out.

“The report establishes a baseline of the safety reporting behaviours exhibited at mine and quarry sites and sets a benchmark for the industry to measure its safety reporting culture against in the future,” Clough said.

“The survey was conducted by my office in cooperation with the tripartite Coal Mining Safety and Health Advisory Committee and Mining Safety and Health Advisory Committee.

“The report identified a number of opportunity areas for industry and the safety and health advisory committees to target for further research and continuous improvement.”

The survey – which heard for more than 7500 mine workers – found that teams typically look out for each other and support each other to work safely, and frontline leaders encourage teams to take appropriate action if something feels unsafe.

It also identified that mine workers usually report their safety concerns and are encouraged to do so by leaders.

Opportunity for improvements included making reporting systems clearer and easier to use, improving feedback to workers on the outcomes of incidents, better recognition of positive safety behaviours, and better involvement of frontline workers in safety initiatives.

“This is an incredibly important piece of work that heard directly from workers, and I welcome its release,” Stewart said.

“That’s why I travelled with Interim Commissioner for Resources Safety and Health Andrew Clough to Curragh and Oaky Creek mines to release the survey results directly to resources workers.

“The purpose of the survey is to identify strengths and opportunities in the mining industry to ensure there is a strong safety reporting culture in one of our most important industries. There are always more opportunities to improve safety reporting culture which is why this survey is important.

“Safety is my number one priority and we must do everything we can to make sure workers get home safely.”

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