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Safety and health

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 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 17, 2020
Anglo boss denies safety trade-off for production

Anglo boss denies safety trade-off for production

Anglo American globally had set targets to double cashflow by 2023, and for its Moranbah North and Grosvenor mines to lift production to a combined total of 24Mtpa, a safety inquiry has heard. Metallurgical coal business chief executive officer Tyler Mitchelson was questioned during Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry hearings today over ‘the Anglo American Burning Ambition’ c...

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Aug 05, 2020
Inspectorate has a hard time filling vacancies

Inspectorate has a hard time filling vacancies

Queensland’s Mines Inspectorate has difficulty filling positions and remains below strength, the Coal Mining Board of Inquiry has heard. Chief Inspector of Coal Mines Peter Antony Newman was among the State officials giving evidence on the first day of public hearings. He spoke of the qualifications required for inspectors, and noted that those with the appropriate underground mine ma...

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Aug 04, 2020
Coal safety Board of Inquiry kicks off public hearings

Coal safety Board of Inquiry kicks off public hearings

The Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry is set to begin public hearings in Brisbane today. The Board of Inquiry was established to investigate the serious accident at Grosvenor mine near Moranbah on May 6 in which five coal mine workers were injured. It is also looking into various high potential incidents involving long-wall related exceedances of methane at Grosvenor mine, Grasstree m...

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Jul 28, 2020
Two injured in coal fall at Carborough Downs

Two injured in coal fall at Carborough Downs

Two men were injured when coal fell from a rib in a development area at the Carborough Downs underground mine last night. It comes within weeks of an incident described as a localised ignition of methane gas, which caused activity to be suspended in the mine’s development panels. Mine owner Fitzroy Resources said first aid was administered to the two men on site after last night̵...

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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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Jun 26, 2020
Miners’ lung health checks expanded beyond coal

Miners’ lung health checks expanded beyond coal

Queensland’s hard-rock mining and quarry workers will soon have mandatory and free lung health checks, like their coal mining counterparts. Mines Minister Anthony Lynham said the checks would apply from September 1. They are intended to help protect the state’s 15,000 mineral mine and quarry workers from protect them from dust lung diseases like silicosis. “Every Queensland w...

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Mar 26, 2020
Strategies to separate FIFO workers from communities

Strategies to separate FIFO workers from communities

The mining sector is implementing procedures under a national protocol to slow the spread of COVID-19, including strategies to separate FIFO workers from regional communities, the Queensland Resources Council says. “We have worked with the industry across the country to develop national protocols to protect our staff, our families, our suppliers, our communities, our State, and our nati...

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