Workplace Hazard Identification Skills: Do Metalliferous Mining Workers Need More Training?

Document Type

Journal Article


CCH Australia Ltd


Faculty of Business and Law


School of Business / Centre for Innovative Practice




Bahn, S. T. (2014). Workplace hazard identification skills: Do metalliferous mining workers need more training?. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment , 30(3), 373-389. Available here.


Few people would disagree that those working in the mining industry face a hazardous work environment every day. Furthermore, the successful identification of hazards in the workplace is the workers’ first line of defence in going home at the end of their shift safe and sound. This paper presents the first phase of a mixed methods study investigating the skills of metalliferous mining workers at their safety induction to identify workplace hazards. This first phase analysed 54 completed surveys that contained six pictures displaying complex and hazardous work environments in an underground mine in Western Australia. Job role, length of experience and age are cross tabulated against the number of hazards they could identify after completing a days’ safety induction training. The findings revealed that new entrants, younger workers, those over the age of 54 years and those with limited experience identified few hazards and that additional training in this skill is badly needed.

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