Mining and petroleum operations across Western Australia were reminded to ensure contingency plans are established and can be activated ahead of the start of the cyclone season on 1 November.
While a fewer number of cyclones are expected hit the North West according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s Australian Tropical Cyclone Outlook for 2018 to 2019, it was still critical for sites to be prepared.
The region typically experiences five cyclones every season, and this season the Bureau has forecast a 41 per cent chance of the region experiencing more than the average.
WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, deputy director general safety Ian Munns, said it only took one cyclone to impact an unprepared site for there to be a devastating impact.
“It is critical that mining and petroleum operators have adequate plans and provide appropriate training to protect workers from hazards at the workplace, including natural hazards such as cyclones,” Munns said.
The bureau’s outlook found that the Northwestern sub-region, which includes the Pilbara and Kimberley, has a 41 per cent chance of more tropical cyclones than average.
A safety alert developed by the department offers the following advice for workplaces in cyclone-sensitive regions.