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Safety and health

Mar 05, 2020
Union welcomes charges  over Moranbah North death, Anglo queries details

Union welcomes charges over Moranbah North death, Anglo queries details

Anglo American has requested further details of investigators’ report into the death of Bradley Hardwick at Moranbah North mine after being charged over the incident. “It’s very early in the legal process and we will be seeking further details to respond to the conclusions reached by the department and the evidence upon which those conclusions… ...

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Mar 03, 2020
Union fights company calls for exemptions

Union fights company calls for exemptions

Senior officials from CFMEU Mining & Energy will argue against any exemptions for on-site mining executives under new industrial manslaughter laws when they appear before a Queensland Parliamentary Committee in Moranbah tonight. “No-one should be above the law,” CFMEU Mining &Energy Queensland President Stephen Smyth said. “The whole point of industrial manslaughter laws is the… ...

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Mar 03, 2020
QRC urges changes to new mine safety Bill

QRC urges changes to new mine safety Bill

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has raised concerns that proposed industrial manslaughter laws will decrease the safety culture in the mining industry.  It is pushing for the exclusion of statutory positions including site-based SSEs from the definition of Senior Officers under the new legislation (the Mineral and Energy Resources and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020)…. ...

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Mar 02, 2020
Online safety survey for heavy vehicle operators

Online safety survey for heavy vehicle operators

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has opened an online survey into how the sector is tackling its safety responsibilities. NHVR chief executive officer Sal Petroccitto said the survey would allow the regulator to continue to develop programs to support operators to meet their safety duties. “The past 18 months has seen significant changes with the… ...

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Jun 05, 2019
Budget funds for extra lung screening in coalfields

Budget funds for extra lung screening in coalfields

The State Budget will provide $1.2 million over two years for a mobile service to deliver respiratory health checks to coal workers. The mobile service – an equipped and staffed van – was recommended by the Parliamentary Select Committee into coal workers’ pneumoconiosis and will supplement existing regional specialist services. The State Government says the… ...

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May 29, 2017
Black lung report highlights ‘catastrophic failure’ in system

Black lung report highlights ‘catastrophic failure’ in system

A parliamentary committee looking into the re-emergence of black lung disease in Queensland says it found catastrophic failure, at almost every level, of the regulatory system intended to protect the health and safety of coal workers. As a result of that failure, 21 Queensland coal miners had now been diagnosed with Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis (CWP)… ...

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Dec 18, 2016
Reforms in 2017 to tackle ‘black lung’

Reforms in 2017 to tackle ‘black lung’

January 1 is set to usher in a suite of health and safety reforms designed to help protect Queensland coal miners from ‘black lung’ disease. Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said coal health and safety laws would see dust levels made public, compulsory health checks for underground and above-ground miners and compulsory… ...

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Oct 13, 2016
Alarm raised on open-cut black lung threat

Alarm raised on open-cut black lung threat

A case of black lung disease in an open-cut coal mine worker has been reported at BMA’s Goonyella Riverside Mine, according to the mining union. Paul Head reported that in his 31 years working as an open-cut coal miner he had only received one chest x-ray when he first started working in the mines. CFMEU… ...

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Sep 06, 2016
Union fears system still failing ‘black lung’ victims

Union fears system still failing ‘black lung’ victims

A coal worker who was twice cleared by Australian medical professionals of having “black lung” has become the 15th confirmed case of the disease to emerge in Queensland since May 2015, the mining union says. CFMEU Mining and Energy Division Queensland District president Stephen Smyth said the system was still in crisis and failing to… ...

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