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Energy and Resources

SSA for Resources and Energy

As Australia’s 4th most dangerous occupation* employees within the mining and resources sector are exposed to high levels of risk. Traditionally this risk has been mitigated through process and equipment controls. Although these controls have achieved measurable safety improvements it has become apparent that the safety return on investment from these traditional interventions is declining and a new method of safety control which addresses the Human Factor is required.

The decline in effectiveness of traditional control methods has resulted in an “incident plateau” below which further regulation or skills training are unlikely to reduce accident levels. Accidents occurring at this level are primarily attributed to Human Error in which loss of situational awareness plays a key role.

Some examples of recent incidents (2014 – reported to the WA department of mines and petroleum) involving loss of situational awareness include:

  • During ship loading operations a loader returning from the fuel farm reversed onto the pad and collided with a second loader that was filling hoppers.
  • A worker hit by a falling tree branch disturbed by a moving drill rig after accidentally entering an exclusion zone.
  • A mine worker was working at side of a drill support light vehicle. A gust of wind blew the door of the locker closed, crushing the worker’s finger.

If you are serious about reducing these types of incidents in your operation: Contact Us today for a free trial of the SSA in your organisation.

With customised versions available for all resource industry roles the SSA represents the pinnacle of worker Situational Awareness assessment. As a highly validated and reliable assessment of worker safety competency the SSA is the first step in overcoming the incident plateau and reducing Human Factors related incidents. By using the SSA for recruitment and monitoring of your workforce you can:

  • Reduce lost time injuries
  • Ensure new recruits have the cognitive skills necessary to undertake the role
  • Easily compare human error risk potential between different worker groups
  • Assess factors affecting workers after an incident
  • Target safety training initiatives to needs areas and maximise return on investment
  • Obtain valid and reliable data on employee performance for your SMS
  • Save money on safety interventions
  • Be proactive in ensuring staff are fit for work

Have a Question? Or Want to try the SSA? Just contact our friendly consultants.

*Worksafe Australia 2014 figures

How effective is the SSA?

Industry trials showed that candidates recruited only if they could achieve a minimum SSA score of 60:
  • Were seven times less likely to have incidents when compared with employees who had not been screened at the time of recruitment.
Sector: Warehousing, mining, smelting and transport
  • And had a lost time injury rate of less than 2.7.
Sector: Heavy and long range transport (coal fields).

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