Know your hazards to stay safe

Identifying lifting and rigging hazards is the focus of first video instalments
Date: Wednesday, 08 October 2014

“Know Your Hazards” video series aims to assist workers to identify and understand common hazards in the resources industry 

The ability to correctly identify potential hazards in the workplace can be critical in reducing the severity and frequency of workplace accidents and incidents.

It was with this in mind that the Department of Mines and Petroleum’s (DMP) Resources Safety Division developed the “Know Your Hazards” video series.

DMP Resources Safety Executive Director Simon Ridge said the first instalment of videos focuses on improving lifting and rigging practices.

“If hazards are not recognised or understood, supervisors and workers will not be taking appropriate precautions to eliminate them or reduce the risks,” Mr Ridge said.

“This is why we have produced a series of short educational videos to assist workers to understand the concepts behind some common hazards encountered in the resources industry.”

The first series of videos has been titled “Raising the Issues” and looks at incorrect lifting and rigging practices.

“These are issues have that have caused a number of fatalities, serious accidents and near misses in recent years,” Mr Ridge said.

Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion launched the videos at Western Australia’s world-class underground mine training centre “The Cut”.

“To protect yourself from harm you must know what can harm you, and these videos provide key pointers on the basics of friction, tensile strength and centre of gravity,” Mr Marmion said.

The videos will also be screened across Western Australia as a part of DMP’s annual Mines Safety Roadshows.
“This year the roadshows travel to Geraldton, Bunbury, Kalgoorlie, Newman, Karratha, Port Hedland, Mandurah and Perth,” Mr Ridge said.

“Not only will these videos be shown at the roadshows, but they are also freely available online.”

The videos can be accessed here.