Unauthorised access of mine sites can lead to tragedy

Quarry death a tragic reminder of the dangers of accessing mine sites.
Date: Thursday, 07 December 2017

The death of a young man while swimming in a quarry on the outskirts of Perth is a tragic reminder of the dangers of accessing mine sites for recreation.

Despite being on private property and undergoing rehabilitation, the quarry where the incident occurred has been featured on social media as a recreation area.

Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety 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."