The NSW Resources Regulator recently issued a safety alert after receiving several enquiries and complaints from mine workers who allege that mine operators are not implementing effective controls to minimise the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus in the workplace.
The allegations include:
The regulator is following up on all COVID-19 related worker complaints, contacting mine operators who are the subject of these allegations.
Under NSW WHS legislation, employers must have measures in place to eliminate or manage the risks arising from COVID-19.
The safety alert said that mine operators should:
Several mines have provided information to the regulator on the controls they have implemented to minimise the risk to workers, and these include: