New mines safety inspectors appointed

Two new mines safety inspectors have recently been appointed to ensure mines safety across Goldfields.

The new inspectors, Greg MCauley and Marshall Tigere will join seven other inspectors in DMP’s Kalgoorlie office.

Greg McCauley has 23 years of experience working in the mining industry across Tasmania, South Australia and New South Wales. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Health and Safety.

Four years ago, Mr McCauley decided to settle in Kalgoorlie.

“When I moved to Kalgoorlie, I took on a Safety Training Coordinator role at La Mancha Frog’s Leg Gold Mine, which was really enjoyable,” said Mr McCauley.

“But I have to say, being an inspector is such a rewarding job.

“I find my safety and mining backgrounds gives me a good understanding from both perspectives.

“I know what difficulties operators and workers can face when dealing with safety issues but I also understand the rewards that can be encountered when improvements are made.”

He said he aims to develop good relationships with industry operators and workers across the Goldfields.

“I’m getting out there and developing some relationships with local industry, as it really helps when trying to effect change,” he said.

“It means I’m able to listen to the concerns of people and educate them about what they should be doing to prevent accidents from happening.”

His colleague, Mr Tigere said he plans to visit around 60 sites in 2012-13. He also said he is ready for the challenges he will face as an inspector in the Goldfields, where he previously worked as a minerals surveyor at Norilsk Nickel’s Black Swan Nickel Mine.

“I’ve also worked as an engineer in open pit and underground mines across Zimbabwe and Australia and had a stint in civil engineering surveying and minerals planning in England,” said Mr Tigere.

He added he entered a career in safety as he has witnessed too many accidents – some of which could have been prevented if only adequate safety standards and procedures been in place.

“I kept seeing the accidents occur on mines for the same reason – people being complacent,” he said.

“Whether it was in Queensland, Zimbabwe or England, the end cause was usually people paying little attention to the hazards – thinking it wouldn’t happen to them.”

He also said he was spurred on by incidents that affected him personally.

“I lost two of my close friends, which was a terrible experience,” he said.

“I don’t want that to happen to anyone else, so that’s why I am out there trying to make a difference.

“One death or injury really is one too many.”

The latest appointments follow the recent recruitment of 3 mines safety inspectors for the North West region and one for the South West bringing a total of 63 inspectors.

DMP Resources Safety Executive Director Simon Ridge said these latest appointments marked another major achievement in the department’s commitment towards resources safety, under the Reform and Development at Resources Safety (RADARS) strategy.

Additional nine Mines Safety Inspectors will join the department by late 2012.

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