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Safety and health

May 07, 2020
Gas concerns raised at mine before blast, union says

Gas concerns raised at mine before blast, union says

The underground coal mine at the centre of an horrific blast on Wednesday had experienced ongoing issues with high methane levels, the CFMEU says. Five men were airlifted to Brisbane after suffering severe burns in an underground explosion, believed to have been caused by ignition of gas on the longwall face at Anglo American’s Grosvenor… ...

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May 07, 2020
Critically injured miners airlifted after explosion

Critically injured miners airlifted after explosion

Five workers have been airlifted to Brisbane after suffering serious burns in an underground explosion at Grosvenor coal mine near Moranbah. Union sources say an ignition of gas on the longwall face was believed to have caused the explosion, which occurred about 3.15pm yesterday. The injured men were taken to Moranbah Hospital with significant burns… ...

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May 06, 2020
Five seriously injured in underground mine explosion

Five seriously injured in underground mine explosion

Five miners have been seriously injured in an underground explosion at Grosvenor coal mine near Moranbah in Central Queensland this afternoon. A Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said this evening that the workers were being airlifted to Brisbane suffering significant burns. Union safety inspectors are attending the site and will undertake a thorough investigation into the… ...

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Apr 24, 2020
Lung check service to hit the road by end of the year

Lung check service to hit the road by end of the year

Heart of Australia has won a contract to design, build and operate a mobile service to bring lung health checks to regional mine and quarry workers. A prime mover health truck would be on the road by the end of the year under the scheme, Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said. “This mobile screening service… ...

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Apr 02, 2020
Unions and industry in united voice on COVID-19

Unions and industry in united voice on COVID-19

The Australian Workers Union and the CFMEU Mining and Energy Division have issued a joint statement with industry body the Minerals Council of Australia on COVID-19 measures. The groups say they are united in their determination to implement strict COVID-19 health and safety protocols to keep people in work and sites operating where it is… ...

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Mar 31, 2020
Interstate mine workers to be locked out within days

Interstate mine workers to be locked out within days

Queensland will close its borders to interstate fly in-fly out mine workers from midnight Saturday unless they are deemed critical to a project’s operations.   The changes do not affect FIFO or DIDO workers travelling from within Queensland, and interstate workers holding statutory positions, who have site safety responsibilities, are exempt. Mines Minister Dr Anthony… ...

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Mar 31, 2020
Key safety conference called off due to virus measures

Key safety conference called off due to virus measures

Organisers have cancelled the 2020 Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference due to restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak. The event was previously scheduled to be held from Sunday, August 23 to Wednesday, August 26. The Queensland Resources Council said the focus would now shift to the 2021 Conference, to be held at The Star… ...

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Mar 31, 2020
Ministers join forces to keep resource sector ticking along

Ministers join forces to keep resource sector ticking along

The Australian Government has reiterated its commitment to keeping the resources sector running through the COVID-19 pandemic. Federal Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia Keith Pitt said Australian resources ministers met by teleconference again last night to discuss the shared goal of ensuring this vital sector kept operating. “The Australian resources sector is a… ...

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Mar 30, 2020
Glencore steps up COVID-19 screening measures

Glencore steps up COVID-19 screening measures

Glencore says it is stepping up health screening measures at its copper and zinc sites in North-West Queensland. It comes after Mount Isa Mayor Joyce McCulloch last week called for a shift to a locally based workforce to avoid the extra risk of FIFO and DIDO workers bringing COVID-19 into the area. Glencore has not… ...

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