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Safety and health

Sep 10, 2020
NSW opens coal mine explosives testing facility

NSW opens coal mine explosives testing facility

Australia’s only independent underground mine explosives testing facility has opened on the New South Wales Central Coast. Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro this week launched the first round of explosive testing at the new facility, which will operate under the management of the Mine Safety Technology Centre within the NSW Resources… ...

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Sep 04, 2020
Anglo analytics hub to enhance operations

Anglo analytics hub to enhance operations

Anglo American has revealed plans for a new Met Coal Analytics Centre to help drive safety and transform its underground operations as it works towards the Grosvenor mine restart in 2021. The centre, to be based in Anglo American’s Brisbane office, will bring together operational, engineering and data science experts to look at major challenges… ...

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Sep 02, 2020
Stoush over interim coal safety report

Stoush over interim coal safety report

The LNP is calling for the Queensland Government to release a report on the Grosvenor mine explosion and resources industry safety. Mines Minister Anthony Lynham received the interim report from Queensland’s Coal Mining Board of Inquiry this week. Opposition spokesman for mines Dale Last said he believed all Queenslanders, especially resources communities and workers, deserved… ...

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Sep 02, 2020
Board of Inquiry appeal for public to come forward

Board of Inquiry appeal for public to come forward

The Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry is calling for public information and examples specific to safety culture, gas management and ventilation practices in underground coal mining. The appeal is part of its investigation into the blast at the Grosvenor mine near Moranbah on May 6 that injured five men.  Anyone with relevant information should… ...

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Sep 01, 2020
New safety measures to fight lung dust disease

New safety measures to fight lung dust disease

New standards apply from this week to reduce coal and silica dust exposure for workers in Queensland’s quarries and mines. The allowable limit for respirable coal dust is cut to 1.5 milligrams per cubic metre from 2.5 and from 1 to 0.05 milligrams per cubic metre for silica dust. The measure follows a nationwide review by Safework… ...

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Aug 18, 2020
Inquiry delves gap in safety recording systems

Inquiry delves gap in safety recording systems

Anglo American’s Grasstree mine was promoted internally as having achieved zero High Potential Incidents in 2019, when the Department of Natural Resources and Mines documented 55 HPIs, an inquiry has heard. The Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry has touched more than once on the fact that Anglo uses its own HPI system, in line… ...

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Aug 17, 2020
Anglo boss denies safety trade-off for production

Anglo boss denies safety trade-off for production

Anglo American globally had set targets to double cashflow by 2023, and for its Moranbah North and Grosvenor mines to lift production to a combined total of 24Mtpa, a safety inquiry has heard. Metallurgical coal business chief executive officer Tyler Mitchelson was questioned during Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry hearings today over ‘the Anglo… ...

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Aug 13, 2020
Bonus system overshadows safety, inquiry told

Bonus system overshadows safety, inquiry told

Mine bonuses were an incentive to cut as much coal as possible, and an incentive to cut corners, an Oaky North coal mine fitter has told a safety inquiry. Site Safety and Health Representative (SSHR) and CFMEU member of 40 years Joe Barber was among a raft of people from that mine to provide evidence… ...

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Aug 12, 2020
Pressure on contractors a safety concern, inquiry told

Pressure on contractors a safety concern, inquiry told

Pressure on contractors to get the job done as quickly as possible was a key factor behind many safety issues, a Grasstree coal mine employee has told the Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry. Grasstree deputy and Site Safety and Health Representative (SSHR) Richard Harris also believed the reporting culture could be a lot better… ...

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