Jul 01, 2016

Tenth ‘black lung’ case confirmed

Tenth ‘black lung’ case confirmed

A former Bowen Basin coal miner, 39, has become the tenth person diagnosed with coal workers’ pneumoconiosis in Queensland since May 2015.

The Department of Natural Resources and Mines said the man had worked in a number of mines in the Bowen Basin over an 11-year period and was not currently employed in the industry.

With Queensland’s mining companies offering for workers to have new x-rays taken and to have existing x-rays re-read, it was expected that further cases would be identified from this extra activity and as miners responded to the focus on coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, a department spokesman said..

Three cases have been confirmed this week alone, with 62-year-old and 55-year-old underground coal miners also diagnosed.

 A confirmed case is where a positive identification of coal workers’  pneumoconiosis, known as ‘black lung’ disease, has been reported to the Health Surveillance Unit of the Department of Natural Resources and Mines by the coal mine worker’s nominated medical advisor or other medical expert and validated by the department’s occupational physician.

The department said yesterday that the Queensland Government was progressing its five-point action plan to address the re-emergence of CWP.

For more information on that initiative click here.