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Lack of manpower exhausts mine workers at major employer

Rio Tinto hard hats
Rio Tinto hard hats

A multinational mining company is so short on staff its remaining workforce is experiencing severe tiredness.

Rio Tinto blamed the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for causing staff shortages that are exhausting employees.

“Fatigue, labour shortages and other pressures from COVID-19 have heightened the safety risk in day-to-day operations and remind us that there is no room for complacency,” the company said in its production results for the fourth quarter of 2021. “The safety and wellbeing of our employees and contractors remains our priority.”

The employer is also struggling with lost productivity due to the pandemic.

“In 2021 we continued to experience strong demand for our products while operating conditions remained challenging, including due to prolonged COVID-19 disruptions,” Rio chief executive Jakob Stausholm said in a public statement.

There have been no workplace deaths at most locations for the past three years.

“We experienced our third consecutive year with no fatalities at our managed operations. We are working hard with our partners to achieve the same results at our non-managed assets and marine operations,” the company said.

For now the business will continue to implement its new Rio Tinto Safe Production System, which has already produced promising results.

“We will significantly ramp up in 2022, as we continue to work hard to improve our operational performance to become the best operator,” Stausholm said.

The following permanent positions have been advertised:

  • electrician and instrumentation officers (multiple positions)
  • superintendent Amrun mine Ops
  • superintendent maintenance
  • gantry crane operator
  • lubrication technician
  • HME fitters (multiple)
  • technicians (multiple)
  • process engineer
  • serviceperson
  • safety advisor
  • diesel fitter
  • bricklayers
  • HR advisor.

Click here to apply.

Successful candidates will be offered a variety of day or night rosters, competitive base salary, company paid insurance, subsidised private health insurance, share ownership plan, paid leave, accommodation benefit, staff allowance, remote holiday travel assistance and employee discounts.

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