A person that is labelled “Green” on a mine site is someone with no experience at all. That person needs to be taught and watched constantly for their own safety and the safety of the crew. People who are Green are viewed as a liability to the mining crew until they are bought up to speed. You not only have to know your job, to work safely but you have to know how the whole mine works (everybody’s jobs) to be able to work independently on the crew (no buddy/babysitter).
Ideally, the company and supervisors like people to be out of their Green phase within 2-4 weeks. Very few people find their mining legs, so to speak in this time with most taking between 4-12 weeks to find their feet. This is one of the major reasons why 3 out of every 5 new starters are gone from the industry within their first 6 months.
Don’t kid yourself, if you can’t get up to speed in time (need a babysitter to get the jobs done) or you keep making basic mistakes you will end up getting a “window seat on the next plane out” (the mining term used for the sack). Mines are big business, each turning over 100’s of millions of dollars a year so they need their employees to perform and those that can’t are let go. Getting the job is only half the battle, once on site the new starter needs to get up to speed ASAP so they don’t let themselves or their crew down.
People don’t understand how much time plays a part in the job. The employers want the job done in a safe but timely manner, that’s why they pay entry level $100K a year and the top jobs make over $300K a year. If you can’t get up to speed and do the job safely, they will move you on. For more information checkout the video below from our sponsored YouTube channel Australian Mining for New Starters.
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