Labour standards and practice

Safety Incentives in the NSW Coal Mining Industry 2006

Client:  CFMEU - Construction, Forestry, Mining, Energy Union/WorkCover NSW

This research explored the nature of incentive schemes and other performance related bonuses operating in the metalliferous and coal mining and energy sectors in NSW and evaluated the health and safety implications of their use. Research methods used included: a review of the relevant literature; case studies of incentive schemes in power stations; key informant interviews and surveys with union officials and delegates, employees and management of power stations; and focus group discussions. The final report included a set of recommendations regarding strategies for improving health and safety schemes at worksites and a proposed methodology for assessing the likely impact of such incentives.