Mining

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.

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.

Related Forms and Resources

Bulletins
Electrical installation work on mine sites
Relocatable dwellings - electrical safety
Risk management plan (RMP) - mining operations

A Safety Alert is an urgent, short communication that describes a work practice, incident or item that NT WorkSafe believes presents an immediate risk and requires corrective action. A Safety Alert provides background information, contributing factors and outlines controls, which NT WorkSafe has identified as practical measures that may assist eliminate or reduce the risk.

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Alerts
Dangers of unguarded machinery and plant
Chain recoil causes fatal injuries
Maintenance and modifications causing fire risks in heavy vehicles and mobile plant