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Organisational Factors in Fatalities and High Potential Incidents


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Author N LaBranche and G Callinan


There has been a reduction in overall workforce in the mining industry during the current downturn; a corresponding reduction in fatalities and high potential incidents (HPIs) has not been observed. The same contributing factors can be seen in the vast majority of these incidents. These include inadequate supervision and lack of adequate risk assessment. How management structures, trains and leads an operation can have a great impact on eliminating these factors and reducing the risk of fatalities and HPIs.

Contractors now account for 41 per cent of full-time equivalent employees in the Queensland mining workforce, and are disproportionately represented in the majority of fatalities and HPIs. Having a clear strategy for how contractors are integrated into the workforce is crucial. This talk will include a discussion of the data as collected in the Department of Mines and Natural Resources department database, and offer solutions based on this data.


LaBranche, N and Callinan, G, 2016. Organisational factors in fatalities and high potential incidents, in Proceedings International Mine Management Conference, pp 201-206 (The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy: Melbourne).