Aug 19, 2019

Safety reset still to reach half our mining workforce

Safety reset still to reach  half our mining workforce

A statewide initiative to refocus on safety has already reached nearly half the state’s 50,000-strong mine and quarry workforce.

Another 26,000 people have until the end of the month to complete the workplace safety sessions, Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham says.

“More than 23,000 workers have joined management and union representatives to take part in safety resets at more than 160 mines and quarries,” Dr Lynham told a forum during the Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference on the Gold Coast.

“That’s a lot of people, but the commitment from companies and unions in July was that every worker, at every site would attend a reset by the end of August.

“I will report to the regional Parliament in Townsville on the reset, and that includes naming any sites and their operators where workers have not had resets.”

Dr Lynham convened a meeting in July after the death of six workers in Queensland mines and quarries in less than a year.

It committed to the safety reset, as well as working together on further reforms to strengthen safety culture in the resources sector.

As part of the safety response, the Government is also recruiting three more mines inspectors and a chief inspector of coal mining.

Two independent reviews are also due to report back by the end of the year on:

  •        why mine and quarry workers have died over the past 20 years; how industry can improve and how the mines inspectorate can work better.
  •        the state’s mining health and safety legislation.

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