ROAD and vehicle safety was the theme at Hidden Valley mine’s National Mine Safety Week (NMSW) event held in March.

At the opening event of NMSW at the Adam Wright Recreational Hall at Hidden Valley, mine general manager Gary Davies said it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that Hidden Valley mine is a safe working environment.

“The event is an opportunity to not only reflect on our past performance and learning, but to look forward to the future, to gain new knowledge, to learn new skills and importantly to recommit ourselves to our efforts of achieving our goal of zero harm in the workplace,” he said.

Mr Davies said the focus at Hidden Valley has been on high risk tasks and the controls required to ensure these tasks are done safely.

“A part of this has been a focus on road and vehicle safety. We have implemented a range of critical controls to ensure that all our vehicles, whether it is a light vehicle or a prime mover, can move safely on our roads,” he said.

Some of the controls put in place have been vehicle monitoring, correct gear selection and vehicle specification and driver competency checks.

Since the company implemented these controls in July last year, only two incidents from 18,000 light vehicle trips have been reported on the Hamata access road and incidents involving logistics contractor prime mover fleet have reduced dramatically, Mr Davies said.

Events include a staff mine tour for employees who have not visited the Hidden Valley pit, learning how a 785 haulage truck works, a road crash rescue demonstration, a fire extinguisher drill, road and vehicle rescue awareness by the community affairs liaison, as well as vertical rescue demonstration, vehicle monitoring system awareness and dog skills rescue demonstration.

A cake cutting ceremony was held to officially open the week long event.

Hidden Valley safety superintendent Charles Yamanson urged all employees to get involved and learn about safety.

“The demonstration and awareness will teach employees about being safety conscious both at work and at home,” he said.

“We would like to remind them not to lose focus of the spirit of the week and that it’ll act as a reminder that safety is important. At the end of their shifts they have to go back home safely to their families.”