Safety on the edge

Safety at mine sites has reached its limit with simple compliance; organizations must respond to complex situations to become safer says Corrie Pitzer, CEO of SAFEmap International Pty.

Pitzer is helping organize Safety on the Edge, a two-day conference with leading industry experts. The first conference will be held in Melbourne, June 28-29, followed by Perth, July 3-4 and finally Brisbane, July 8-9. Learn more.

Explaining how the conference got its name, Pizer says safety is on the edge because organizations that just focus on rules compliance have reached the limits of what they can achieve. To drive down accidents and fatalities, businesses must create a culture of safety and find leaders.

"If you look at how leaders operate, they innovate, they move boundaries," says Pitzer.

Leaders are creative and adapt to complex situations

Pitzer's interest in mine safety is deeply personal.

"I was human resources manager for a mining company back in '82, and one of my first jobs was to go and [see] the wife of a person who had been killed . . .  and I saw the worst end of safety."

Pitzer's career then changed.

"The mine manager and I embarked upon a whole series of programs, and he pulled me out of HR and said you are on safety, and that's how it started."

Safety on the Edge, a two-day conference with leading industry experts takes place in Melbourne, June 28-29, followed by Perth, July 3-4 and finally Brisbane, July 8-9. Learn more.