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Safety and health

Aug 19, 2016
Parliamentary inquiry into re-emergence of ‘black lung’ in Queensland

Parliamentary inquiry into re-emergence of ‘black lung’ in Queensland

The State Government will establish a Parliamentary inquiry into the re-emergence of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, or ‘black lung’ disease, in Queensland. Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said he was responding to stakeholder input. “I have listened to the workers, to the industry, to the doctors, to my departmental advisors and independent experts,”… ...

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Jul 13, 2016
New plan to tackle black lung threat

New plan to tackle black lung threat

The State Government has launched a three-pronged attack on ‘black lung’ disease after a Monash University Review report highlighting the failings of the health screening system for Queensland’s coal workers. Tougher coal dust controls, new and better testing, and better trained medicos are the backbone of a new regime to protect the health of the… ...

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Jul 01, 2016
Tenth ‘black lung’ case confirmed

Tenth ‘black lung’ case confirmed

A former Bowen Basin coal miner, 39, has become the tenth person diagnosed with coal workers’ pneumoconiosis in Queensland since May 2015. The Department of Natural Resources and Mines said the man had worked in a number of mines in the Bowen Basin over an 11-year period and was not currently employed in the industry. With… ...

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Jun 30, 2016
Black lung picture gets bleaker

Black lung picture gets bleaker

Another Queensland coal miner has been confirmed with coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, making eight ‘black lung’ cases officially identified since May 2015. A 55-year-old underground coal mine worker is the latest case confirmed by the State Government. The Department of Natural Resources and Mines said the man had worked at a number of mines in the Bowen… ...

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Apr 11, 2016
Move to tackle re-emergence of ‘black lung’

Move to tackle re-emergence of ‘black lung’

Doctors closest to coal miners are to be brought up to speed on black lung disease. The disease fits into the general description of  pneumoconiosis and had been thought to be an affliction of the past in Australia. Queensland has six confirmed cases of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis. Its re-emergence last year forced the State Government to… ...

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