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Occupational Health & Safety

Please see attached file for full case description (3.5 pages) and I have listed all the references.

1) My question is, what do you think are the major lessons for Human Resource practitioners and managers to learn from this case as it received a lot of media attention recently (Australian newspapers)?

2) And the other question that concerns me is, how might Human Resource Management help prevent such tragedies in future?

3) Lastly, for a project, should there be a representative from Occupational health and safety in the design team? what do you think? (100 words is enough)

The answers to about 300 words for question 1 & 2 is enough with references.

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Please see attached file for full case description (3.5 pages) and I have listed all the references.

1) My question is, what do you think are the major lessons for Human Resource practitioners and managers to learn from this case as it received a lot of media attention recently (Australian newspapers)?

There are major lessons for Human Resource practitioners and managers to learn from the case. From the perspective of Human Resource, it is essential that the workers should feel safe and secure when they are working in gold mines. This is necessary not merely from legal compliance point of view but also to improve the productivity of the workers. If there is a law as suggested in the case hat the directors ought to be jailed for a period of 15 years, then there would be a strong pressure from the directors to improve the safety of the mines.

Consider this, apart from legal requirements the productivity of the workers goes down because they lose their motivation to work. If we consider Maslow's pyramid of needs, safety is a lower level need and this should be satisfied to make the worker give his best. If we consider the Motivator-Hygiene factors theory of Fredrick Herzberg then working conditions, security, and related company policy are hygiene factors whose absence can create job dissatisfaction. Would Human Resource like to have employees that are dissatisfied? It is necessary from the Human Resource perspective that the safety in mines be improved so that the workers are not dissatisfied. This is beneficial to the company because it can lead to improved productivity and employee satisfaction. It has been ...

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