Safety at the core of PYBAR’s values

Safety at the core of PYBAR’s values

December 17, 2019
ERT, Mine Rescue Competition, Safety, Tasmanian Minerals Council

Safety resides at the core of PYBAR’s values, and is extensively demonstrated across all PYBAR sites.

Safety resides at the core of PYBAR’s values and is extensively demonstrated across all PYBAR sites, with the company honouring our commitment to training and upskilling staff, and continuous improvement in working towards a safer workplace.

At Dargues Gold Mine, 18 employees are currently training to form the Emergency Response Team, supported by the purchase of rescue equipment and facilities for underground and surface operations.

The new team members are currently working towards a Certificate III in Mine Emergency Response and Rescue, which they expect to complete by 2021.

As part of the drive to upskill the growing team, 10 Dargues ER staff were amongst a group of 16 from across PYBAR’s operations who recently completed the Mine Emergency Response and Rescue Underground (MERRUG) training held at Henty Gold Mine in Tasmania.

This ongoing training equips ER personnel to be the first responders to any incidents on site, including underground emergencies, which is a critical part of our dedication to keeping our people safe.

The Henty ER team also recently demonstrated their capabilities at the Tasmanian Minerals Council’s Mine Rescue Competition, walking away with two victories, in both the Underground Search & Rescue and Boat Race (team building) categories.

The annual two-day competition, hosted at the MMG Rosebery mine in late-October, provided a great opportunity for the Henty ER team to gain and share valuable knowledge and experience and learn new skills while enjoying the team building and comradery.

Off site, health and safety upskilling continued with the annual SHET forum taking place in Orange in November. The three-day event covered a broad range of health, safety and training topics and highlighted the diverse range of skills and experience within the PYBAR Safety and Training Team.

A feature this year was training in soft tissue injury treatment delivered by our partner Biosymm, which provides telehealth soft tissue injury management to our sites 364 days per year. The group of 28 safety and training professionals also received professional development training from RTO2Go, a company providing compliance support to RTOs. 

The forum concluded with an Apply First Aid course with participants gaining much from the experience and looking forward to applying their new learnings in the workplace.  


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