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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 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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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 th...

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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...

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May 13, 2020
Calls to fast-track industrial manslaughter laws

Calls to fast-track industrial manslaughter laws

The miners’ union has called on the Queensland Government to bring forward the passage of new laws extending industrial manslaughter offences to the state’s mining industry. It comes in the wake of last week’s accident at Grosvenor coal mine.  CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland President Stephen Smyth has written to Queensland Mines Minister Anthony Lynham calling for the urgent prog...

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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 Lynham said ...

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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 directly commented on that argument, but says all of its employees and contr...

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Mar 26, 2020
Miners risk social licence in COVID-19 failings: MP

Miners risk social licence in COVID-19 failings: MP

The mining industry will be ‘picking up the pieces’ of its social licence to operate in regional and remote areas of Queensland if it does not do more to avoid the spread of COVID-19, a local MP warns. Member for Traeger Robbie Katter has been pushing to quarantine North, North West and South-Western Queensland from the rest of the state, with the majority of Queensland’s COVID-19 cases ...

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Mar 20, 2020
Community lockdowns a new challenge for Qld miners

Community lockdowns a new challenge for Qld miners

Diatreme Resources is among the mining and exploration companies impacted by restrictions on entry to Cape York and Gulf Indigenous communities as COVID-19 measures increase. The company plans to develop a new silica mine at its Galalar project, about 200km north of Cairns, in partnership with the traditional owners, Hopevale Congress. Only last month Diatreme Resources boosted the resourc...

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