The dangers of mine site access for recreational use

Mine sites unsafe for recreational activities
Date: Wednesday, 19 December 2018

In the lead up to the festive season, the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) is issuing a timely reminder about the dangers of accessing mine sites for recreational use.

DMIRS’ Director Mines Safety Andrew Chaplyn said mine sites should never be accessed by the public.

"Mine sites, whether working, undergoing rehabilitation or disused, present hazards that have the potential to cause serious injuries or worse," Mr Chaplyn said.

"Dangers include submerged infrastructure in pit lakes, rock falls and water-borne contaminants to name just a few.

"It is irresponsible to use social media to portray such sites as places for recreation. They are simply not safe for recreational activities."

A Mines Safety Bulletin with more information on the potential hazards associated with accessing unoccupied mines for recreational purposes is available on the department’s website.