Accident and incident data

Industry is required to lodge a variety of information with the department regarding incidents and workforce numbers.

The industry data and results of selected investigations are subsequently released as:

  • annual safety performance reports
  • summaries for industry awareness
  • mining fatality summaries
  • significant incident reports and safety bulletins
  • additional reports and surveys.

The department produces these resources to help industry identify trends in safety performance and start making the necessary changes. When combined with site or operational statistics, these tools can assist mining operations in improving their safety performance and moving towards a resilient safety culture.

Annual safety performance reports

Safety performance reports are published annually and cover the accident and injury statistics for the financial year.

They include information on:

  • fatal accidents
  • serious injuries
  • lost time injuries
  • workers’ compensation premiums
  • injuries by commodities
  • disabling injuries

for mining activities, and some statistics for exploration activities.

You can search for the safety performance reports and posters in the Safety statistics area and download them as a PDF.

Mining incident summaries

Mining incidents reported to Resources Safety since January 2010 have been edited and made available to the public as summaries for industry awareness. This resource is updated regularly and can be interrogated, viewed and the results exported to a Microsoft Excel file for analysis via the Safety Regulation System (SRS).

Search Summaries for industry awareness by the date, incident type and the operational area through the Safety Regulation System (SRS).

Mining fatality summaries

Information on workplace fatalities in Western Australian mines recorded since 1943 is available through a search facility in the Safety Regulation System (SRS).

Search mining fatality summaries by date or operational area through the Safety Regulation System (SRS).

Hazard register

This hazard register presents the findings from the Department of Mines and Petroleum's investigations into 64 fatal mining accidents in the Western Australian mining industry over the period January 2000 to December 2015.

The investigation reports were analysed to identify:

  • the occupation of the person and the activity, specific task and location of the incident
  • the root cause of the incident and the precautions or preventative measures that had the potential to avert the incident
  • details of the hazard
  • equipment or infrastructure involved.

Additionally, the Coroner's findings were also considered to assist in the identification of suitable precautions and preventative measures.

This data should be used by employers and workers to assist in the development of safe work practices on mining operations. All responsible persons should carefully evaluate their safety systems and risk management processes to ensure that hazards with the potential to cause fatal accidents are highlighted in training and supervision documents. Precautions and critical controls should then be built into the systems of work.

The Hazard register for Western Australian mining fatalities is not intended to be the sole source of information for developing site-specific hazard registers.

For more information on how to use the hazard register please refer to How to navigate and use the Hazard register for Western Australian mining fatalities guide.

How to navigate and use the Hazard register for Western Australian mining fatalities - guide - 718 Kb

Handy information on how to use and navigate the Hazard register for Western Australian mining fatalities

Hazard register for all Western Australian mining fatalities from January 2000 to December 2015 - 263 Kb

This hazard register presents the findings from the Department of Mines and Petroleum's investigations into 64 fatal mining accidents in the Western Australian mining industry over the period January 2000 to December 2015.

Significant incident reports and safety bulletins

To share the learnings from investigations, the department issues a variety of safety alerts.

Significant incident reports - information about single incidents, accidents or fatalities
Safety bulletins - information about trends or clusters in reported accidents and incidents from a State, national or international perspective.

You can search for significant incident reports and safety bulletins in the Safety alerts area and download them as a PDF.