Like all workplaces, the mine operator responsible for mining operations must ensure that any contractors, working or likely to work at the mine have suitable measures in place to control risks to health and safety.
Contractors are themselves PCBUs and have a duty to ensure the safety of workers and others who may be affected by their work. In managing the activities of contractors the mine operator should require the contractor to develop a Safety Management System that is relevant to the contractors’ work. The mine operator needs to be satisfied that the contractors’ control plans are appropriate and sufficiently consistent with the broader management system of the mine and can be integrated into that system. This being the case the contractors’ management plans can be included into and be a part of the mine’s Safety Management System.
The mine operator should monitor the contractor’s work to ensure it complies with their Safety Management System through observation and consultation, including ensuring that contractors’ equipment is in safe working order.