Prospecting is a popular pastime in Western Australia, with everyone from tourists to professional prospectors taking part. The activity can take people to areas just outside regional centres through to remote parts of the State, and for a day trip through to weeks away at a time.
No matter how long you go for, how far you are away from a town, or your familiarity with an area, the attention to safety should be the same. Unexpected events can happen to even the most experienced prospector or fossicker. It is how well prepared you are and how effectively you communicate that will determine the outcome.
Make sure you come home safely to your family and friends.
That’s the message from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety as the prospecting season gets under way in Western Australia and it launches the annual Seven Golden Rules campaign to promote safe prospecting. More information is available online.