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How Security Services Can Aid Mental Health in Mining

A range of studies have long confirmed that remote mining, resources and

construction workers are more susceptible to the stressors that risk an

individual’s mental health and wellbeing.


With fly-in fly-out (FIFO) or drive-in drive-out (DIDO) employment arrangements

becoming ever more common in these sectors, workers are increasingly exposed to

social isolation and compressed working arrangements which can disturb sleeping

patterns and put strains on relationships and family units.


Physical safety is a top priority for miners for good reason, as they are working with

extremely large mechanised industrial processes that can easily cause harm if

someone doesn’t know what they’re doing.


Because of this, mental health challenges receive far less attention, leading to a lack

of clarity around the responsibilities of employers regarding the mental health of their

workers.


People with mental health issues often hide their emotions – especially in working

environments, for fear of reprisal or embarrassment – meaning these issues often fly

under the radar or don’t get addressed until it’s maybe too late.


That’s why it’s important for employers to make their employees feel safe and secure

while on-site – not just physically, but mentally as well. While this is not new news – as a WA Government audit about the gaps in mental health services showed as far back as 2019 – that employers are still finding it difficult to implement workplace structures to address mental health issues.


In this article, we take a look at how security services in the mining industry are

perfectly positioned to provide not just physical security, but also an avenue of

support for the mental health of your workforce.


Security for mind and body


When we think of what security service does for a mine site, often the first thing that

comes to mind is that it provides security from theft of company property and the

security of the workforce on-site.


Security services are designed and implemented to have a solid presence at a

worksite.


So, with that in mind, we believe an ‘ever present’ security service has the ability to

also come trained with crucial skillsets that can assess and help the mental health

and wellbeing of your workforce.


Training such as:

  •  Mental Health First Aid

  •  Welfare Assessments

  •  De-escalation Tactics

Employing security personnel that are trained in mental health adds another layer of

support to your workplace. Their job is to be an eagle-eye presence around site, so

they are arguably the best-positioned individuals to observe a worker’s state of mind

and assist them, if necessary, using their mental health training skills.


What security means to us, and to your business


Our team at Goldfields Security Services believe that your personnel are just as

important to be looked after as your tools and equipment on site. Protection is also

not only about physical safety but making sure your staff are looked after emotionally

too.


There are often external situations of stress workers are susceptible to on-site, such

as relationship issues, loved ones that have passed away etc. Our services act as an

extra support network for your staff in these times of crisis.


This innovative approach to security in the mining sector is what we believe sets us

apart from our peers in our efforts to provide your worksite and your workforce with

the best security services possible.


Would you like some further information on our WA Mining Security Services?


We’d love to hear from you. Give our team a call today on 0404 449 326 to see how

we can help or email us at info@goldfieldssecurityservices.com.au

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