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Sep 22, 2020
Mine death case adjourned to December

Mine death case adjourned to December

Middlemount Coal and three senior mine staff members are due to face court in December over the workplace death of David Routledge last year. The matter was listed for mention at the Mackay Industrial Magistrates Court today (September 22), when it was adjourned to December 15. Mr Routledge, from South Mackay, was operating an excavator on June 26 last year when a high wall collapsed on to...

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Sep 16, 2020
Day of reflection takes new format in COVID-19 era

Day of reflection takes new format in COVID-19 era

Queensland’s annual memorial for fallen mine workers will be livestreamed online for the general public for the first time in 2020. The official 2020 Miners Memorial Day ceremony will be held at the State Miners Memorial at Redbank on Saturday, September 19 at 10.30am. A closed-set, professionally staged production of the service will be live-streamed to the public as a Resources Safety &am...

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Sep 10, 2020
Wheel commitment to mental health message

Wheel commitment to mental health message

Think your site went big on RU OK? Day? Well BHP’s Hay Point Coal Terminal team went wheelie big. They decided to dedicate their new stacker reclaimer bucket wheel to the R U OK? cause. Weighing an impressive 11 tonnes and measuring almost 7m in diameter, the wheel was manufactured in Mackay and took four months to fabricate. In a piece shared on social media, BHP said it...

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Sep 08, 2020
Top line-up for national resources awards

Top line-up for national resources awards

The finalists for the BHP 2020 Women in Resources National Awards have been announced, featuring 37 inspiring people across six categories. Queensland contenders include Jo Best from Hastings Deering in Brisbane (Dyno Nobel Exceptional Woman in Australian Resources Award) and Kathryn Young from BHP’s Peak Downs Mine in Moranbah (Newcrest Exceptional Young Woman in Australian Resources Award). ...

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Sep 01, 2020
New safety measures to fight lung dust disease

New safety measures to fight lung dust disease

New standards apply from this week to reduce coal and silica dust exposure for workers in Queensland’s quarries and mines. The allowable limit for respirable coal dust is cut to 1.5 milligrams per cubic metre from 2.5 and from 1 to 0.05 milligrams per cubic metre for silica dust. The measure follows a nationwide review by Safework Australia and aims to protect workers from t...

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Aug 07, 2020
Count on mining to prevent COVID-19 spread

Count on mining to prevent COVID-19 spread

Queenslanders can count on the resources industry to continue to strictly comply with all government protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community, said the Queensland Resources Council (QRC). The industry was working closely with the State Government and office of the Chief Health Officer (CHO) to prevent the spread of the virus, especially into regional areas, and will do what...

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Aug 07, 2020
Mining shires show how to handle a pandemic

Mining shires show how to handle a pandemic

Pandemic and opportunity have combined to put mining shires on the winners podium when it comes to keeping the economy afloat. And Cloncurry takes the gold medal. The ‘big shire, few people, enormous resource wealth’ profile of the region 800kms west of Townsville has attracted unsolicited exploration attention by helping maintain production in the face of restrictions that have crippled me...

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Jul 06, 2020
Lessons from Defence in managing postings

Lessons from Defence in managing postings

The business of mining can be rewarding but it throws up challenges for both the staff member, his or her partner and the kids. The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has a sophisticated program for helping its members handle remote area work demands. In the first of a series of articles, the ADF outlines its approach to tackling issues involving postings. That includes changing bases, state...

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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 have died on the job in o...

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