Safety videos focus on traffic management

Traffic management is the focus of the fourth instalment of the department's Know Your Hazards video series.
Date: Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Twenty-five per cent of Western Australian mining fatalities between 2000 and 2015 were related to traffic management incidents.

This is one of the reasons the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety made traffic management the focus of the fourth instalment of the Know Your Hazards video series.

Director Mines Safety Andrew Chaplyn said mine sites feature a range of vehicles as part of their operations and traffic management was a critical part of safety for mining operations.

"When things go wrong with traffic management workers can be hurt or killed," he said.

Mr Chaplyn said the videos, produced by the department, highlight the importance of traffic management and how safe systems, safe vehicles and safe people can contribute to a safe mining operation.

"The videos feature real-life stories, re-enactments and technical, factual material," Mr Chaplyn said.

"This series aims to help supervisors and work teams recognise common workplace hazards that have injured or killed people. In this case, the hazards associated with traffic management.

"Being able to correctly identify hazards is the first step towards reducing the risk of accidents in the workplace."

The videos premiered at the 2017 Mines Safety Roadshow and are now available for download from the department's website.