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Safety and health

Jul 13, 2020
Methane gas incident at Bowen Basin mine

Methane gas incident at Bowen Basin mine

Fitzroy Australia Resources has suspended activity in part of its Carborough Downs coking coal mine after an incident described as a localised ignition of methane gas. Coal production areas of the mine are unaffected and are still operating. The ignition occurred on Friday in the rib line of an area being developed for future longwall… ...

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Jul 01, 2020
New era for mining safety regulation in Queensland

New era for mining safety regulation in Queensland

Queensland’s new mining safety laws came into effect this week, with executives facing up to 20 years’ jail if workers die because of their criminal negligence. Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said industrial manslaughter became an offence from July 1 in Queensland’s resources sector – better protecting the state’s 66,000 sector workers. “Sadly eight workers… ...

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Jun 29, 2020
Grosvenor gas levels in the spotlight

Grosvenor gas levels in the spotlight

The State Opposition is questioning the role of the Queensland Mines Inspectorate in preventing incidents in mines and quarries, after more revelations on the history of high-methane incidents at Grosvenor. The Australian reported today that the Anglo American coal mine had recorded dangerously high methane levels at least 98 times in the four years before… ...

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Jun 26, 2020
Miners’ lung health checks expanded beyond coal

Miners’ lung health checks expanded beyond coal

Queensland’s hard-rock mining and quarry workers will soon have mandatory and free lung health checks, like their coal mining counterparts. Mines Minister Anthony Lynham said the checks would apply from September 1. They are intended to help protect the state’s 15,000 mineral mine and quarry workers from protect them from dust lung diseases like silicosis…. ...

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Jun 23, 2020
Grosvenor blast inquiry board shake-up

Grosvenor blast inquiry board shake-up

Former Chief Inspector of Mines for Queensland Andrew Clough is joining the board of inquiry investigating methane gas incidents in Bowen Basin coal mines. It comes after Professor Andrew Hopkins from the Australian National University recused himself from the board following a request on behalf of mining company Anglo American. Professor Hopkins made the decision… ...

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Jun 08, 2020
Queensland generated steam

Queensland generated steam

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May 29, 2020
Four new appointments for mining safety board

Four new appointments for mining safety board

Four senior miners with more than 70 combined years of experience have joined Queensland’s Board of Examiners. Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham today announced the appointments to the board – the body which determines the qualifications and experience required for critical safety roles at mines, assesses applicants and issues certificates. The appointees are: Angela Dow…. ...

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May 23, 2020
Grosvenor gas explosion survivors now stable

Grosvenor gas explosion survivors now stable

Four miners critically injured in the Grosvenor mine gas explosion are now in a stable condition. The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital reported on Friday afternoon that all had improved to stable. The blast at the Anglo American-owned mine near Moranbah on May 6 has sparked a Queensland mine safety board of inquiry. Terms of… ...

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May 21, 2020
String of gas incidents under inquiry scrutiny

String of gas incidents under inquiry scrutiny

Twenty-seven ‘high potential incidents’ at Grosvenor coal mine are among multiple cases of excess methane gas levels within the past year to be probed in a Queensland mine safety board of inquiry. Mines Minister Anthony Lynham announced today that retired District Court Judge Terry Martin SC would lead the inquiry along with coal mine safety… ...

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