Personal stories will help bring home the safety message as about 70 people from north Queensland’s quarrying and small mines sector gather in Townsville for the Annual Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Seminar.
The seminar is co-hosted by the Institute of Quarrying Australia (IQA) and the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy.
IQA North Queensland Branch chair Sam Hatchard said in previous years the seminar had been conducted in Townsville and Cairns, but this year the organising committee had decided to extend the program and hold the seminar in Townsville only.
He hoped participants in today’s event would take away useful information on current issues affecting safety and health, including legislative changes.
Key presentations included personal stories from within the industry, covering the impact of workplace fatalities and mental health issues; as well as topics such as protecting the occupational lung health of mine and quarry workers; and updates from the Mines Inspectorate on accidents and incidents throughout the year.
Former Queensland State of Origin representative and North Queensland Cowboys player Brent Tate is among the speakers.
IQA is streaming safety seminar presentations on its Facebook page: HERE