Miners Memorial Day commemorations to be held in Moranbah next month provided an opportunity for everyone associated with mining to reflect and recommit to improving mine safety, Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said.
“As we reflect on this day, it also allows us an opportunity to pause, and recommit to ensuring workers return safely to their families at the end of every shift,” he said.
“It is also an appropriate occasion to reflect on what can happen if we do not remain vigilant about protecting the safety and health of our mine workers.”
Dr Lynham said it was vital that the safety and health framework kept pace with change in a dynamic industry.
“The re-emergence of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis in 2015-16 is a reminder to us all that we must always be vigilant when it comes to mining health and safety and safety and health is everyone’s responsibility,” he said.
“Addressing this insidious disease is a priority of mine, and we have taken decisive and comprehensive action to ensure there’s no place for black lung in our industry.”
Dr Lynham said the 2015-16 financial year was the first year in the history of Queensland’s mining and quarrying industry in which no fatal incidents were recorded.
“This is positive, but we must strive to do better and we cannot afford to be complacent,” he said.
Queensland’s annual Miners Memorial Day commemorates more than 1500 people who have lost their lives working in Queensland’s coal and metalliferous mines since the 19th century.
A service is held in a mining community every year on September 19 – the date when 75 miners were killed in Queensland’s worst mining disaster at the Mount Mulligan coal mine in far north Queensland in 1921.
- The Miners Memorial Day Service 2016 will be held at the Moranbah Community Centre, Town Square, Moranbah from 11am on September 19. Refreshments served from 10am and again after the service. To RSVP visit http://mmds2016.eventbrite.com.au