What is involved in reporting an accident or incident for a mining operation?

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On 31 March 2022, the Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws replaced the health and safety elements of the Mines Safety and Inspection laws. For information visit www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/whs

Transitional arrangements may be in place for the compliance requirements on this page.

All health and safety notifications, forms and guidance for mining and petroleum has moved to the WorkSafe website

The information below has been left for historical compliance reference purposes

 

 

Who is responsible for reporting?

Picture from Appendix 2 - (Accident and incident reporting – guideline (PDF 1656 kb)
Picture from Appendix 2 - (Accident and incident reporting – guideline

If an accident or occurrence (commonly referred to as a notifiable incident for reporting purposes) happens on:

  • a mine site
    • the manager of the mine site should submit the report.
    • this includes exploration activities on a mine site
    • the report should be included in the sites figures.
  • an exploration lease
    • the exploration manager should submit the report.

How are reports made?

Reporting an accident or incident
- Reporting monthly safety performance information (status report) for mining operations

General requirements

For reportable accidents, incidents and injuries, there are several avenues of reporting.

Telephoning WorkSafe via 1800 678 198 if serious or potentially serious.

  • Reporting online through the Safety Regulation System (SRS)
    • notifiable incident report (NIRF) for an occurrence
    • mining injury report
    • submission of the monthly status report (whether or not there has been a reportable accident for the month).

Seismic event and/or fall of ground (FOG) occurrence - template - 196 Kb

This is a template for the seismic event and/or fall of ground (FOG) occurrence.

Hydraulic or paste fill incidents or barricade failures require additional information after the initial occurrence report. Information gathered during the incident investigation must be submitted to the district inspector within 2 weeks of the initial report.

Hydraulic/paste fill incident or barricade failure occurrence - template - 252 Kb

This is a template for hydraulic/paste fill incident or barricade failure occurrence.

Related information

Below are related links and documents.

Accident and incident reporting - guideline - 1632 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).

Reporting an accident or incident - poster - 543 Kb

This poster provides registered managers with advice on when to report accidents, incidents and occurrences to Resources Safety.

Contact

For enquiries relating to the Safety Regulation System
Phone: (08) 9358 8001 (select option 3 - you can make your selection at any time)
Email: SRSManager@dmirs.wa.gov.au

To contact the relevant inspectorate office regarding reporting requirements, use Regional inspectorate boundaries for mining operations.