The Queensland Government has appointed four new mines inspectors.
Doug White is the new Manager, Safety and Health Central Region, based in Rockhampton.
The Government said Mr White will provide leadership to the Mines, Petroleum and Gas, and Explosives Inspectorates in the region, and will focus on improved safety and health standards for the growing quarry industry, and gold and metalliferous mines.
Before joining the department, White managed several underground coal mines in Queensland, and was director of a Queensland safety company. He has 30 years experience in the underground coal mining industry in Queensland and the United Kingdom.
New Senior Inspector of Mines Tilman Rasche has considerable experience in the mining industry, and risk management in safety and health.
A trained mining engineer, Rasche worked with BHP as quarry manager at the Iron Knob iron ore mine in South Australia and was mining superintendent at BHP’s GEMCO manganese mine on Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory.
After completing his Master of Science in safety engineering, reliability and risk management at the University of Aberdeen, he returned to Australia, working for consultancies, a mining maintenance contractor and service provider as their Health and Safety Manager.
He also lectured at the University of Queensland’s Mining Industry Safety and Health Centre.
According to the Government, Rasche’s knowledge of the risk management skills used in Scotland’s offshore petroleum industry would greatly benefit the Queensland mining industry.
Damian Lee is the new Inspector of Mines, North Region, based in Mount Isa.
His key responsibilities include inspections on all metallurgical plant, chemical storage and processing facilities, oil and gas on mine sites, and administering the major hazard facility legislation on these sites.
“A qualified chemical engineer, Lee has worked in smelting, technical sales, coal processing, copper concentrator, lead/zinc concentrator and research and development with Mount Isa Mines,” the Government said.
For several years he was an area manager and sales engineer for Weir Warman (now Weir Minerals) for major process equipment and projects for the mining industry.
North Region Inspection Officer Steven Firth is based at Townsville where he will focus on compliance of mine safety legislation, particularly improved safety procedures in small mines and quarries, and open-cut coal mines in the northern Bowen Basin.
“A qualified auto electrician, Firth received his training at Mount Isa Mines where he was responsible for remote and underground equipment at the Hilton mine,” the Government said.
He has 10 years experience in coal mining.