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May 20, 2020
Mining manslaughter laws passed in Parliament

Mining manslaughter laws passed in Parliament

New mine safety laws passed in Queensland Parliament today, with executives facing up to 20 years’ jail if Queensland mine and quarry workers die because of their criminal negligence. Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said establishing industrial manslaughter as an offence in mines and quarries was another key reform by the Palaszczuk Government  to protect… ...

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May 20, 2020
More experts join Grosvenor blast investigations

More experts join Grosvenor blast investigations

An official investigation team of nine inspectors at the Grosvenor coal mine gas explosion site will be bolstered this week by two experts in the field of ventilation, gas management and geotechnical management. A Queensland Mines Inspectorate spokesman said yesterday that QMI’s team remained on site at the Bowen Basin mine progressing its investigation into… ...

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May 13, 2020
Calls to fast-track industrial manslaughter laws

Calls to fast-track industrial manslaughter laws

The miners’ union has called on the Queensland Government to bring forward the passage of new laws extending industrial manslaughter offences to the state’s mining industry. It comes in the wake of last week’s accident at Grosvenor coal mine.  CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland President Stephen Smyth has written to Queensland Mines Minister Anthony Lynham… ...

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May 11, 2020
Board of Inquiry announced after Grosvenor gas blast

Board of Inquiry announced after Grosvenor gas blast

The State Government has announced an independent mine safety Board of Inquiry following a coal mine explosion last week that left five men with serious burns. Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the board would be able to conduct public hearings, call witnesses and make broad inquiries, findings and recommendations relating to the underground gas… ...

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May 11, 2020
Inspectorate secures blast scene at Grosvenor

Inspectorate secures blast scene at Grosvenor

The Queensland Mines Inspectorate says it has secured the underground site at Grosvenor coal mine where a gas ignition injured five workers last week A staged re-entry commenced on Sunday at the Anglo American-owned mine near Moranbah. A QMI spokesman said today the investigation team remained on site and was progressing the investigation into the… ...

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May 10, 2020
Staged re-entry at underground blast site

Staged re-entry at underground blast site

A staged re-entry has commenced at the underground mine near Moranbah where five men were seriously injured in an explosion last week. Four men remain in a critical condition in the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and another, aged 44, is decsribed as being in a good condition after suffering severe burns at Grosvenor mine on… ...

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May 08, 2020
Industry-first national mental health training

Industry-first national mental health training

Australian Resources and Energy Group AMMA has launched an industry-first online training program for psychological health and safety across resources and energy workplaces. The interactive, group-based training will benefit resources and energy employers by providing industry-specific awareness and practical tools to support workplace mental health. The training was the Group’s latest and most co...

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May 08, 2020
Community steps up for injured miners

Community steps up for injured miners

A ‘go fund me’ campaign for five men injured in an explosion at Grosvenor Mine in the northern Bowen Basin has tipped $80,000. The men suffered severe burns after the incident on Wednesday afternoon and were flown to Brisbane out of nearby Moranbah. Community reaction had exceeded expectations said fundraising organiser, Robyn Buchanan. “It really… ...

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May 07, 2020
Board of inquiry mooted after Grosvenor explosion

Board of inquiry mooted after Grosvenor explosion

A board of inquiry into mine safety is on the table as Mines Minister  Anthony Lynham seeks answers on the explosion at Grosvenor coal mine near Moranbah. Speaking in Moranbah, Dr Lynham today said he had asked for urgent advice about establishing a board of inquiry. “The government wants answers; the families of these miners want answers; Queenslanders want answers,”...

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