Accident and incident data

Identifying trends in safety performance

Industry is required to lodge a variety of information with the department regarding incidents and workforce numbers.

The industry data and results of selected investigations are subsequently released as:

  • annual safety performance reports
  • quarterly performance snapshots
  • monthly safety and health snapshots
  • summaries for industry awareness
  • mining fatality summaries
  • significant incident reports and safety bulletins
  • additional reports and surveys.

The department produces these resources to help industry identify trends in safety performance and start making the necessary changes. When combined with site or operational statistics, these tools can assist mining operations in improving their safety performance and moving towards a resilient safety culture.

Annual safety performance reports

Safety performance reports are published annually and cover the accident and injury statistics for the financial year.

They include information on:

  • fatal accidents
  • serious injuries
  • lost time injuries
  • workers’ compensation premiums
  • injuries by commodities
  • disabling injuries

for mining activities, and some statistics for exploration activities.

You can search for the safety performance reports and posters in the Safety statistics area and download them as a PDF.

Mining incident summaries

Mining incidents reported to Resources Safety since January 2010 have been edited and made available to the public as summaries for industry awareness. This resource is updated regularly and can be interrogated, viewed and the results exported to a Microsoft Excel file for analysis via the Safety Regulation System (SRS).

Search Summaries for industry awareness by the date, incident type and the operational area through the Safety Regulation System (SRS).

Mining fatality summaries

Information on workplace fatalities in Western Australian mines recorded since 1943 is available through a search facility in the Safety Regulation System (SRS).

Search mining fatality summaries by date or operational area through the Safety Regulation System (SRS).

Hazard register

This hazard register presents the findings from the Department of Mines and Petroleum's investigations into 64 fatal mining accidents in the Western Australian mining industry over the period January 2000 to December 2015.

The investigation reports were analysed to identify:

  • the occupation of the person and the activity, specific task and location of the incident
  • the root cause of the incident and the precautions or preventative measures that had the potential to avert the incident
  • details of the hazard
  • equipment or infrastructure involved.

Additionally, the Coroner's findings were also considered to assist in the identification of suitable precautions and preventative measures.

This data should be used by employers and workers to assist in the development of safe work practices on mining operations. All responsible persons should carefully evaluate their safety systems and risk management processes to ensure that hazards with the potential to cause fatal accidents are highlighted in training and supervision documents. Precautions and critical controls should then be built into the systems of work.

The Hazard register for Western Australian mining fatalities is not intended to be the sole source of information for developing site-specific hazard registers.

For more information on how to use the hazard register please refer to How to navigate and use the Hazard register for Western Australian mining fatalities guide.

How to navigate and use the Hazard register for Western Australian mining fatalities - guide - 711 Kb

Handy information on how to use and navigate the Hazard register for Western Australian mining fatalities

Hazard register for all Western Australian mining fatalities from January 2000 to December 2016 - 267 Kb

This hazard register presents the findings from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety's investigations into 66 fatal mining accidents in the Western Australian mining industry over the period January 2000 to December 2016.

Significant incident reports and safety bulletins

To share the learnings from investigations, the department issues a variety of safety alerts.

Significant incident reports - information about single incidents, accidents or fatalities
Safety bulletins - information about trends or clusters in reported accidents and incidents from a State, national or international perspective.

You can search for significant incident reports and safety bulletins in the Safety alerts area and download them as a PDF.

International Labour Organisation

28 April 2017 celebrates World Day for Safety and Health at Work. This year, the annual international campaign hosted by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), promotes the prevention of accidents and incidents through optimising the collection and use of occupational safety and health data.

ILO has a suite of resources available for industry use including fact sheets, toolboxes, in addition to resources from previous years.

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety is committed to working with industry to reduce serious accidents and incidents, and provide tangible support in achieving a positive cultural change.

To support this commitment, the department has compiled a list of resources available to industry which highlight the importance of optimising the collection and use of occupational safety and health data.

For the list of resources available, visit the International Labour Organisation website

Injury Alarm

Injury Alarm is a new piece of technology that analyses data to work out how likely incidents and injuries are likely to be. Its aim is to assist organisations recognise risks to prevent an incident happening. It has been developed in consultation with industry and is based on the work and research of Dr Marcus Cattani.

A free lite-version of Injury Alarm will be launched on 28 April, in line with World Day for Safety and Health at Work. Following its launch, several enhancements will be included.

For more information, visit the Injury Alarm website.

OHS Body of Knowledge

OHS Body of Knowledge is a collective knowledge resource developed to provide a sound basis for OHS professionals to understand the causation and control of work-related fatality, injury, disease and ill health. This knowledge can be described in terms of key concepts and language and the application of these to facilitate a safe and healthy workplace.

To know more, please visit the OHS Body of Knowledge page.