Mine worker safety in the spotlight

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Mining fatalities hit highest number in 20 years, as Queensland State Opposition leader Deb Frecklington calls for a parliamentary inquiry


Six Queensland mine workers have lost their lives in the last 12 months, where the average has been and should be no more than one or two fatalities a year.

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) put out a statament saying it is deeply saddened by the death of a worker at the Baralaba mine and the injury of a miner in a separate incident at Collinsville and that more action on ensuring worker safety must follow.

"Our thoughts are with each miner’s family, friends and the local community at this difficult time," QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane says.

"The ongoing focus on safety procedures and safety lessons are a day to day reality for the Australian resources sector.  

"The resources sector has made constant improvements in its safety record over the last twenty years, but we cannot become complacent. No death on a mine site is acceptable. 

"Industry is working on measures for a safety reset to refocus on safety in light of the recent tragedies. 

"QRC meets regularly with the Government and with unions on matters including safety. We have redoubled that communication since the tragedy at the Middlemount mine, including discussions last week with both Mines Minister Lynham and the CFMEU.

"QRC will again meet with the Government, unions and workers this week on further actions that can be taken to increase safety across the industry."


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