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Safety and health

Mar 19, 2020
COVID-19 measures create  workplace minefield

COVID-19 measures create workplace minefield

The COVID-19 outbreak has left employers and employees navigating a minefield of new human resources and risk management issues, says a North Queensland training and recruitment leader. TP Human Capital managing director Clayton Cook said businesses were entering new territory in terms of precautions, responses and employee entitlements. These include issues ranging from how to… ...

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Mar 18, 2020
Call for industry to tackle high-pressure cleaning risks

Call for industry to tackle high-pressure cleaning risks

A spike in injuries from high-pressure cleaning equipment in manufacturing and process industries has prompted a national industry body to call for more awareness and training of the Australian Standards. The Australasian High Pressure Water Jetting Association (AUSJET) said many industrial operators of high-pressure cleaning equipment were not keeping up-to-date with the current Australian Standa...

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Mar 18, 2020
Mining unions seek certainty over coronavirus conditions

Mining unions seek certainty over coronavirus conditions

Two key mining unions have joined forces to call on companies to give their workforces assurances about any disruption to work and income as a result of the spread of COVID-19. Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union national president Tony Maher and Australian Workers Union national secretary Daniel Walton issued the joint statement today…. ...

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Mar 17, 2020
New safety authority to kick off from July

New safety authority to kick off from July

Queensland’s 66,000 resources workers will have their own health and safety ‘champion’ after Parliament passed legislation supporting a new independent body. The Resources Safety and Health Queensland (RSHQ) statutory body will kick off from July 1. The new authority will regulate the safety and health of the state’s minerals, coal, petroleum and gas, quarry, small-scale… ...

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Mar 17, 2020
Conference warning after NQ senator tests positive

Conference warning after NQ senator tests positive

Townsville Enterprise has issued an alert to people who joined a business forum last week after it was confirmed yesterday that North Queensland Senator Susan McDonald had tested positive for coronavirus. The Townsville-based senator, who has been admitted to hospital, released a statement saying that she had gone into self-isolation after feeling unwell on Friday… ...

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Mar 16, 2020
Cannington employee tests positive to COVID-19

Cannington employee tests positive to COVID-19

A Cannington worker has tested positive to COVID-19, mine owner South32 has confirmed. The company says the employee was on rostered time off and had not been on site for several days when his symptoms presented. “He is now self-isolating at home and is under the management of the Townsville Public Health Authority,” a company spokeswoman… ...

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Mar 14, 2020
Bowen Basin mine visitor tests positive for COVID-19

Bowen Basin mine visitor tests positive for COVID-19

A supplier who recently visited BMA’s Daunia coal mine in the Bowen Basin has tested positive for COVID-19. A BMA spokesman said the man had limited contact with the team at Daunia, 30km south-east of Moranbah. “A small number of people were identified as having close contact with the individual and are in self-isolation as… ...

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Mar 12, 2020
Working group to tackle COVID-19 threat to mines

Working group to tackle COVID-19 threat to mines

The Minerals Council of Australia plans to convene a working group to ensure mine sites ‘stay safe, open and in production’ in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Peak bodies including the MCA, NSW Minerals Council, Chamber of Mines and Energy WA, South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy and Queensland Resources Council held a… ...

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Mar 09, 2020
Mine manslaughter charges miss the mark

Mine manslaughter charges miss the mark

The Mine Managers’ Association of Australia (MMAA) says it has never seen an issue elicit such ‘angst and ire’ among members as the Mineral and Energy Resources and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020. The association’s objections to the Bill are outlined in a submission to the committee recommending industrial manslaughter charges for executives in charge… ...

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