​Work health and safety on mine sites

The nature of mining activities can involve significant risks to workers as well as people living and working in the surrounding area.

Examples of some of the risks associated with mining activity placing people’s lives at risk that can result in catastrophic consequences can include but is not limited to:

  • uncontrolled release of gas
  • inadequate / loss of ventilation
  • inrush of water
  • uncontrolled ground movement
  • rock falls
  • plant fires
  • heavy vehicle / light vehicle interaction, and
  • shaft sinking.

Legislative requirements

While mining operations are conducted under an authorisation issued under the Mining Management Act; workplace health and safety regulation in this sector is regulated under the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act.

In the Northern Territory, in addition to the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Regulations; Chapter 10 Mines prescribes the additional requirements for mine operators when conducting mining activity in the NT.

Other legislation administered by NT WorkSafe that may impact on this industry includes:

Acts

Regulations

Requirement for Risk Management Plan (RMP)

Mine sites in the NT must not permit any mining activity or a related mining activity to be carried out on at the mine site unless the mine operator has given to the regulator an RMP for the mine site that has been certified in accordance with regulation 614.

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