MORE than 1000 attendees is a big number for any mining forum but the fact that a horde this size descended on a recent Australian Securities Exchange event focused on new reporting compliance rules underscored the significance of the soon-to-be implemented changes.
GPR Dehler recently interviewed five mining industry leaders on how companies should set and enact long-term agendas to deal with complexity. They highlighted four critical strategic areas on which mining companies – individually and as an industry – should focus. Here we look at one of these strategic areas: connectivity.
THE move towards reporting all-up costs by gold miners is expected to spread to other miners in the wider metals complex, though quite why such an obvious development has taken so long to occur isn’t entirely clear.
A VAST reduction in the volume of regulatory paperwork is a significant positive to emerge from the epic bid to create uniform national mine safety laws in Australia. However, a legal expert in Western Australia says overall results of the process have been generally underwhelming.
THE barrage of studies and statistics emerging on mining’s fly-in, fly-out remote site work culture has, not surprisingly, glossed over personal FIFO experiences. One such personal account will be a feature of the upcoming AusIMM Open Pit Operators’ Conference in Perth, Western Australia.
RELYING on psychology to help improve the safety of people working in high risk environments is now commonplace. But does anybody really know why? When leaders of resource companies agree to pay millions of dollars for a program which claims that psychologists can change safety behaviours, do they really know what they are doing?
SINCE going live two months ago, human resource marketplace FIFObids has attracted more than 23,000 workers and 800-plus companies as word spreads through the mining industry “like wildfire”.
JULY 24 – INDONESIA is in danger of turning into a no-go zone for many Western resource companies and investors given the current case of Intrepid Mining and the ugly spectre of sovereign risk. But the question to really ponder for Western-based resource companies and investors is simply this – are there increased dangers that similar murky actions like these extend to other promising projects elsewhere around the globe?
MOST agree there is nothing more important than family. Yet it is the family relationship that often comes under the greatest pressure for many people working in the mining industry.
WITH a new fatigue code around the corner, New South Wales miners need to check they have policies and procedures in place to deal with road safety and fatigue in the workplace.
WORK hard, play hard. Young men in the mining industry are notorious for a partying lifestyle fuelled by a fly-in-fly-out roster and big dollars. With a new drug detected almost every week last year, testing alone simply doesn’t cut it anymore to keep drugs out of the workplace. Educator Paul Dillon says the mining industry should adopt a more holistic approach.
LAWYER David Davies has seen plenty of workers compensation, unfair dismissal and bullying and harassment cases cross his desk – many of them in the mining industry – but in the past 10 years he has seen the prevalence of mental illness as the root cause of these cases increase dramatically. While it’s too late for the cases by the time they get to his desk, Davies believes mine management can take responsibility and be pro-active to deal with mental illness and depression in the workplace.
THE mining industry at the small end of town can breathe a whole lot easier after the Australian Federal Budget handed down this week left the diesel fuel rebate intact. A different outcome could have been catastrophic.
IT’S estimated up to 10,000 workers are affected by a mental health issue such as depression, anxiety and substance abuse in the New South Wales minerals industry every year. That unsettling number is conservative given the male-dominated, fatigue prone and at times boringly repetitive tasks mining industry employees are often exposed to. Mental health expert Trevor Hazell speaks to HighGrade about what the mining industry can do about addressing mental health issues in the workplace.
WHILE the past two years has been about developing programs, the next few will be about ensuring outcomes at site level across a range of mine safety issues including fatigue, safety incentives and health management plans, according to newly appointed New South Wales Mine Safety Advisory Council chairman John Hannaford.
A SLAP to the bum, or a jest at a mate’s sexual orientation (real or not) is all in good fun right? While “pulling the piss” is part of the Australian psyche, it can cross the line into bullying in the workplace and there is nowhere more “matey” than the male dominated mine site.
FEBRUARY 21 - WHAT do an air force pilot, cabin crew member and dragline operator have in common? They are dead tired after working in 24/7 industries. Dr Graeme Peel, who over the past 38 years has worked in all three industries, offers unique insight into how the mining industry can chip away at the hardest occupational health and safety issue of them all – fatigue.
THE trend toward resource nationalisation that has taken hold across the globe is here to stay and miners need to get on board and embrace the limited opportunities that this trend brings or face a painful future, according to resource development guru, Brian Menell.
NOVEMBER 22: CRIMINAL charges laid against Peter Whittall this month over the Pike River disaster bring to the surface controversial industry issues around statutory responsibilities and duty of care.
NOVEMBER 15: PERTH’S domestic airport is bursting at the seams with fly-in, fly-out workers and many of them could be getting on a different plane before the end of the month. Those who aren’t might be “more engaged” within their workplace, though the author of that sentiment says FIFO is pretty much an anathema to the workforce engagement concept.