Document Type

Conference Proceeding


Faculty of Regional and Professional Studies


School of Business (RPS) / Centre for Innovative Practice




Bahn, S. T. (2013). Mining workers ability to identify hazards using a picture survey. In Work, employment and employment relations in an uneven patchwork world: Proceedings of the 27th AIRAANZ Conference (pp. 2-10). Fremantle, Australia: Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand. Availablehere


This paper presents the first phase on a study investigating the skills of workers in the resource sector at their safety induction to identify workplace hazards. This study questioned the ability of managers and employees to identify workplace hazards correctly (phase 1) and to determine the processes that can be used to increase hazard identification skills (phase 2). Fifty-four completed surveys that contained 6 pictures displaying complex and hazardous work environments in an underground mine in WA are analysed. The analysis sought to determine the average number of hazards that each participant could identify out of a possible 10 in each picture. The findings include that new entrants, and those with limited experience identified few hazards in the pictures. Exploration workers had the best hazard identification skills over their counterparts, and those in Supervisory roles performed lesser than expected. The study recommends specific training in hazard identification prior to beginning work in the mining industry.

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