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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 11, 2020
Setback for coal safety inquiry

Setback for coal safety inquiry

The findings of an inquiry into a blast at the Grosvenor longwall and other gas incidents in underground coal mines have been put back six months. An interim report indicates the Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry regards the goaf as being of particular interest as the most likely source of the methane that ignited on the face at Grosvenor in May. Board of Inquiry chair Terry Martin sa...

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Sep 10, 2020
Powerful tool for workplace safety

Powerful tool for workplace safety

The man behind the ‘Look Up and Live’ app is using Electrical Safety Week to remind machinery operators of the dangers of overhead lines. Ergon principal community safety specialist Glen ‘Cookie’ Cook was named Health and Safety Professional of the Year at the 2020 Australian Workplace Health and Safety Awards in recognition of his passionate approach to a lifesaving cause. ...

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Sep 10, 2020
NSW opens coal mine explosives testing facility

NSW opens coal mine explosives testing facility

Australia’s only independent underground mine explosives testing facility has opened on the New South Wales Central Coast. Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro this week launched the first round of explosive testing at the new facility, which will operate under the management of the Mine Safety Technology Centre within the NSW Resources Regulator. Mr Barilaro said th...

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Sep 04, 2020
Anglo analytics hub to enhance operations

Anglo analytics hub to enhance operations

Anglo American has revealed plans for a new Met Coal Analytics Centre to help drive safety and transform its underground operations as it works towards the Grosvenor mine restart in 2021. The centre, to be based in Anglo American’s Brisbane office, will bring together operational, engineering and data science experts to look at major challenges and opportunities in its mines. The first pr...

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Sep 02, 2020
Stoush over interim coal safety report

Stoush over interim coal safety report

The LNP is calling for the Queensland Government to release a report on the Grosvenor mine explosion and resources industry safety. Mines Minister Anthony Lynham received the interim report from Queensland’s Coal Mining Board of Inquiry this week. Opposition spokesman for mines Dale Last said he believed all Queenslanders, especially resources communities and workers, deserved to know its...

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Sep 02, 2020
Board of Inquiry appeal for public to come forward

Board of Inquiry appeal for public to come forward

The Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry is calling for public information and examples specific to safety culture, gas management and ventilation practices in underground coal mining. The appeal is part of its investigation into the blast at the Grosvenor mine near Moranbah on May 6 that injured five men.  Anyone with relevant information should provide materials by September 14 vi...

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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 18, 2020
Inquiry delves gap in safety recording systems

Inquiry delves gap in safety recording systems

Anglo American’s Grasstree mine was promoted internally as having achieved zero High Potential Incidents in 2019, when the Department of Natural Resources and Mines documented 55 HPIs, an inquiry has heard. The Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry has touched more than once on the fact that Anglo uses its own HPI system, in line with the company’s global operations. This diff...

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