Goldfields mine inspector Marshall Tigere has revealed the death of two close workmates on site spurred him to join the Department of Mines and Petroleum.
Mr Tigere and Greg McCauley recently joined the department’s Kalgoorlie-Boulder office, which monitors the region’s 80 operational mines.
“I lost two of my close friends, which was a terrible experience,” Mr Tigere said.
“I don’t want that to happen to anyone else, so that’s why I am out there trying to make a difference.
“One death or injury really is one too many.” Mr Tigere said he planned to visit about 60 sites in 2012-13, helping the Goldfields team reach its annual target of 550 inspections.
The 24-year mining industry veteran previously worked as a minerals surveyor at Norilsk Nickel’s Black Swan mine. “I’ve also worked as an engineer in open pit and underground mines across Zimbabwe and Australia and had a stint in civil engineering surveying and minerals planning in England, ” Mr Tigere said.