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