WorkSafe Tasmania Month, 29 September – 31 October 2014
The mining industry has the fifth highest fatality rate in the Australia, and Tasmania is no stranger to
mining tragedies, with the Beaconsfield mining disaster gathering media attention world-wide.
In response to a public plea for safer working standards across Australia, the new Work Health and Safety
laws could see Tasmanian corporations fined up to $3million for work related serious injuries and
With the new legislation, corporations are being urged to educate their officers and workers and
innovate work health and safety practices.
Lessons from the mining industry for all workplaces is a free information session to be held as a part of
WorkSafe Tasmania Month. The session is aiming to educate and encourage people across all workplaces
to learn from the insight of these eminent speakers so they can revisit and update their work health and
safety practices in light of the lessons that can be shared from the fatal incidents in Tasmania’s mines.
Safety Institute of Australia (SIA) Branch Chair, Ken Nolan, said the free information session would
feature a panel of experts with insight from Tasmania’s mining fatalities who understand what the new
laws required to avoid such terrible loss.
“This is the first time in Tasmania that we have someone from the judiciary providing insight into the new
laws,” Mr Nolan said.
“Panel members, Principal Mining Inspector Andrew Tunstall, Professor Michael Quinlan and Tasmanian
Coroner Rod Chandler, have intimate knowledge about the mining industry and will provide their insight
to the lessons from these tragedies for all workplaces in the context of the new laws, and most
importantly, how to avoid work health and safety breaches.”
Professor Quinlan, from the University of NSW (UNSW), was a key figure in the Beaconsfield Mine and
Pike River Inquiries and will provide a preview to his about to be released book Ten Pathways to Death
and Disaster: Learning from fatal incidents in mines and other high hazard workplaces.