Guidance about ground control

What is ground control?

Ground control is the methodology applied to eliminate, or reduce as far as reasonably practicable, the risks associated with various forms of ground movement in surface and underground mines.

The department has produced guidelines and audits to help industry manage ground control in open pit and underground mines.

Guidance for open pits and quarries

Geotechnical considerations in open pit mines - guideline - 202 Kb

Geotechnical considerations in open pit mines - guideline: This guideline provides advice on the application of sound geotechnical engineering practice in open pit mines.

Open pit mining through underground workings - guideline - 529 Kb

Open pit mining through underground workings - guideline: This guideline offers advice on the issues that should be addressed when open pit mines are excavated through abandoned underground workings, or in close proximity to current underground workings.

A Ground control for surface mining - code of practice is under development.

Guidance for underground mines

Geotechnical considerations in underground mines - guideline - 709 Kb

Geotechnical considerations in underground mines - guideline: This guideline provides advice on the development of procedures relating to the application of sound geotechnical engineering practice in underground metalliferous mines.

Surface rock support for underground mine - code of practice - 111 Kb

Surface rock support for underground mine - code of practice: This code introduces the requirement to install surface rock support in high headings in all Western Australian underground mines.

Underground barring down and scaling - guideline - 271 Kb

Underground barring down and scaling - guideline: This guideline has been issued to assist in the development of procedures relating to scaling of loose or potentially unstable rock in underground metalliferous mines.

Working at height in underground mines - guideline - 1281 Kb

Working at height in underground mines - guideline: This guideline should be used by anyone planning, supervising or conducting work at height in underground mines.

The high impact function audit is designed to cover the standards associated with the safe development, operation and closure of underground operations from a geotechnical perspective.

Geotechnical considerations underground – audit guide - 300 Kb

This audit guide provides information on the underground geotechnical consideration template audit.

Audits

The following high impact function (HIF) audits are designed to cover the standards associated with the safe development, operation and closure of open pit and underground operations from a geotechnical perspective.

Geotechnical considerations open pit – audit guide - 240 Kb

This audit guideline provides information on the open pit geotechnical consideration template audit.

Geotechnical considerations underground – audit guide - 300 Kb

This audit guide provides information on the underground geotechnical consideration template audit.

Frequently asked questions on self-auditing of mining activities - information sheet - 942 Kb

This information sheet outlines the frequently asked questions on self-auditing of mining activities.

Reporting

Below is the list of documents and links that you may find useful.

Certain incidents associated with ground control are notifiable.

Accident and incident reporting - guideline - 1656 Kb

Accident and incident reporting - guideline: This guideline will assist employers and employees at Western Australian mining operations to understand their reporting duties for accidents involving injury to persons and occurrences (notifiable incidents).