Evaluating incident investigations practices in the Ghanaian mining industry to promote behaviours that maximises learning

The mining industry globally, and most importantly in Ghana, continues to be associated with relatively high incidents rate compared to other safety critical industries despite the implementation of various incident reduction interventions. It has been identified that incidents continue to happen because organisations failed to learn from their own past experiences and that of others. 

In his PhD, Eric is seeking to understand how the Ghanaian mining industry learns from its own internal experience and from external sources. The focus is to study how incident investigation are practically carried out to identify the key challenges investigators encountered. By capturing the views of practitioners and other stakeholders, he is hoping to redesign how incident investigations are carried out in the Ghanaian mining industry to ones that maximise learning 

Eric is a PhD Candidate researching into how incident investigations are practically undertaken in the Ghana's mining industry. His particular research interest include learning from safety incidents, safety culture in the mineral industry and theB application of GIS and Remote Sensing for environmental management. Eric commenced his academic career with the University of Mines and Technology in 2014 as an Assistant Lecturer and was promoted to Lecturer in 2016. He is currently on study leave and undertaken his PhD research with the Mineral Industry Safety and Health Centre at UQ.

Key Publications

Bosompem, C, Stemn E, and Fei-Baffoe, B (2016) "Multi-criteria GIS-based siting of transfer station for municipal solid waste: The case of Kumasi Metropolitan Area, Ghana". Waste Management & Research, 34 (10), 1054-1063

Kumi-Boateng, B, Stemn, E, and Sibil, S (2016) "Multi-Criteria-GIS Based Site Selection for Irrigational Reservoir – A Case Study" European Agrophysical Journal 3 (1), 1-17

Kumi-Baoteng, B , Stemn, E , and Agyapong, AE (2015) "Effect of Urban Growth on Urban Thermal Environment: A Case Study of Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis of Ghana". Journal of Environment and Earth Science 5 (2), 32-41