Mining Mayhem Hits 100k likes

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  • Wednesday, 21 August 2013 09:43
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If you're not yet familiar with it, Mining Mayhem is a Facebook page gaining some serious viral traction in the world of social media.

The concept is simple; Mining industry stakeholders anonymously send in their photos and videos of incidents, mishaps or amusing situations from on-site and they're published for the world to see.

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Submissions are received from around the world and tagged with often quite funny strap-lines. The phrase "that's a carton" often springs to mind.

We had a chat with the proud creator of the page who is overwhelmed by the interest.

mt How many submissions are you getting a week roughly? Are you seeing a slow-down of submissions in line with the supposed slow-down of mining?

MM I would get anywhere from 30 to 70 submissions a week..sometimes more. I notice that the more that I post, the more get sent in. I have not noticed a decline in pictures as I think most people have had them for some time but have had no where to send them.

mt Are there any submissions that you haven’t published because they’re just too bad?

MM I have a rule that I will not  knowingly post any that are fatalities. I have been contacted once and asked to remove one and I removed it straight away. A few people have asked if I was interested in accidents that involve fatalities but I  always say no. It's a fun page for everyone, plus I don't think it is appropriate.

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mt Did you ever think that your page would get almost 100,000 likes?

MM Ha-ha I have 102,000+ now! My original aim was to get 30k but I got that pretty quickly. I guess once I got to 50k I realised that 100k was within reach. I still really can't believe the interest! It definitely has taken me by surprise and I also didn't realise that it would be so much work. I spend hours every day uploading and sorting through pictures that have been sent in. One of the hardest things is trying to think of something funny to write.

mt What’s your favourite Mining Mayhem post?

MM Geez I must have 1500 - 2000 pictures uploaded now, I don't really have a favourite, thats up to the people who like my page.

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mt Do you think followers have become more aware of safety through this page, or is it just entertainment?

MM Yes I think it does make people more aware, I know when I am at work I am definitely more aware of hazards, I often get messages from companies telling me that they use my pictures as examples during safety meetings on site,  I also notice in the comments people saying that they will be more careful..

mt You receive photos and videos from all around the world - how do you think Australia stacks up against other countries in terms of safety and general stupidity/ recklessness with mining machinery?

MM I honestly think Australia is a reasonably safe place to work, but mines in most developed countries have very similar standards, I seem to get a lot from Canada, but I think they may have more larger mines than we do, I get a few from the USA but that seems to be an untapped resource at the moment I am slowly getting more likes from there..

If you're on Facebook, be sure to 'like' our mates Mining Mayhem and you'll receive updates in your feed

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