The Edith Cowan University School of Management in Perth has released research that indicates new workers to the resources industry do not have the expertise to recognise occupational risks and hazards.
Researcher Susanne Bahn concluded that new workers were not fully trained about the risks that may be encountered whilst workers with more experience have a tendency to be complacent about the hazards in their workplace.
At one of the Western Australian companies in the study, new workers were only able to identify 43% of hazards on average, and five workers were not able to recognise any.
Dr Bahn recommends that the resources sector safety training refocus on the basics. With Practical training that includes the identification of hazards and training that is ongoing for workers that are experienced in the industry.