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Safety Training on the Increase

Increasing the inspectors will increase safety jobs

The WA Mines Minister Norman Moore says he expects the number of mine safety inspectors to double next year.

Today Mr Moore announced the appointment of 21 new safety inspectors whose jobs will be to ensure mining companies comply with the relevant regulations.

The inspectors will also work with companies to improve the safety culture on mine sites. There will need to be an increase of safety officers employed by the mine sites to ensure everything is in order for the mining inspectors.

Mr Moore says a ‘cost recovered system’ – which means mining companies pay for the inspectors – enables the government to employ even more safety personnel.

“We’re advertising for additional staff next year I’m not quite sure how many there will be in that but, the intention is to about double the number on inspectors we have in the system.”

A need for quality safety officers

Garry Woods from the Mining and Energy union has welcomed the appointment of the new inspectors.

He hopes they have suitable qualifications.

“Hopefully these people have got the necessary skills and they’re not just engineers,” he said.

“We hope they’ve got good safety backgrounds particularly in the auditing process as we move forward to more of a risk management approach to safety in the industry.”

Mr Moore says the death of six workers on mine sites last year – significantly higher than previous years – highlighted the need for safety reform on WA mine sites.

New recruits given a go

Mr Moore says the new recruits will help drive significant changes to resource safety regulations.

They have a two-fold job. One to make sure mining companies are doing the right thing, but at the same time also to work with them to improve the culture if you like of safety of mine sites and to have a cooperative approach between the government and the companies.”

To work on mine sites in Australia you will need a Generic Induction. To work as a safety officer in the mines you will need to undertake a Certificate IV in OH & S. Please call us on 07 5520 2522 to talk about this course and how it can help you gain employment


  1. Tim August 19, 2011 Reply

    Hi guys,
    A couple of months ago I contacted you to present a resume based on my life experiences, mainly 19 years service in the Royal Australian Navy and as a owner and operator of a motel. What you presented me with was a very well written resume that had a OH&S spin to it, based on what I had achieved through the Navy. After landing my family and I in Moranbah to be central to the mining hub in the Bowen Basin, I commenced handing out and sending this resume to all the companies and contractors in the region looking for a general entry position and/or safety position. Well I have finally landed a job as a HSE Advisor with a Southern Qld company that requires me to FIFO from Cairns and working in Central Australia and NW WA. 15 days on and 13 days off is excellent for the family life too. If it wasn’t for the way you presented the resume with a safety role twist I don’t think I would have landed the job. Thanks guys for the launch of my new career.


    • Pete - iMINCO August 19, 2011

      HI Tim
      I really appreciate your comment. It is great to hear you have gained a job. Do it the best you possibly can and you will be rewarded. Safety is a sector that is going to experience a huge increase in available positions. If they increase the number of operators and engineers they need more safety guys to ensure everything is running safely. We will be running an achievers course that gives the opportunity to add on the Cert IV in training and assessment. I will get in contact with you regarding the next course available.

      That is also a great roster. Enjoy the time off

      Pete iMINCO
      Re: Mining HSE job

  2. Heath Sullivan June 10, 2011 Reply

    Hey iminco,

    Im currently completing a diploma of occ health and safety after doing 8 years in the construction industry as a carpenter im looking for more stable work. Im currently working as a carpenter on the sunshine coast but really want to take my passion for safety to the next level. Was wondering if you guys offer any mining courses in the area as that is my ultimate goal, im 26 and looking for a career that can offer me stability and a challenge any info on best way about cracking the industry after completion of the course would be much appreciated

    Thanks Heath

  3. Carl Norton May 3, 2011 Reply

    Hi There, i am a 43 Kiwi. I am an onwer driver currently based in central NZ. I am seroiusly considering coming over to take your course. All up i will be spending approx $ 4000.00, on course, flights, accom etc…i hold NZ licences class and endorsments f.t.w.r, and O.S.H forklift. Will your course also provide me with Generic Induction,Coal Service, SGS Induction,Coal Board Medical and First Aid Certificate ???.Willing to do whatever is required to become a Dump Truck Operator, and honestly, what are my chances of gaining employement please ?, Thank you for your time. Carl.

  4. Carey Symon December 17, 2010 Reply

    I am interested in becoming a safety officer or dump truck driver and would like more information on the course. I am 53 years old, would my age have a bearing on securing a job within the mining industry

    • Pete - iMINCO December 18, 2010

      I don’t think this would be a hinderance Carey. Positions like these require a mature outlook and someone who can enforce the rules effectively, usually this is done best by someone older. Give us a call to discuss the course in more detail and how it can help

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