Mines and Petroleum Minister Sean L'Estrange has welcomed a collaborative project between the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP), The University of Western Australia (UWA) and Edith Cowan University (ECU) to extract novel insights from 14 years of existing accident and incident reports.

The project, led by Centre for Safety Director, Professor Mark Griffin, proposes to obtain insights into hazards, injuries and contributing factors by using complex text mining methods. Professor Mark Griffin will be supported by experts from the UWA School of Computer Science and Software Engineering, and together they will analyse up to 800 incident reports.

"The goal is to identify common causation factors...I am particularly interested in data analysis which could identify trends in causes of serious minesite incidents and near misses so we can further improve our mines' safety inspection regimes..."

Hon Sean L'Estrange - Mines and Petroleum Minister


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