Three years ago WA’s Department of Mines and Petroleum set up an specialist Investigations Branch to gather evidence to prosecute resources companies for safety breaches in a far more professional and focussed way. All serious incidents that have occurred since mid-2011 have been investigated by this Branch and decisions will soon be taken as to whether prosecutions will be launched. It thus seems likely that safety-related prosecutions in WA’s energy and resources sector will rise significantly in 2014 and businesses that have had a serious safety incident should now be preparing themselves for a knock on the door from the prosecutor next year.
Western Australia’s Department of Mines and Petroleum – Regulator or Joke?
Where is the safety leadership? The Regulator, the WA Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) were brave enough to say (post event) they were concerned with a workplace, so why does it take yet another fatality and serious injury before they act. Or is it that DMP really do not understand enough about safety to be able to take a lead? And to take three years simply to consider prosecution is to shut the gate after the horse has bolted!
Notwithstanding that DMP are acting under direct conflict of interest in any case, as they make the rules and decide which rules to enforce and when or how they will enforce those rules.