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Australia’s biggest mining safety conference is underway


The safety and well-being of Queensland’s 61 thousand resources sector workers was the focus of Australia’s biggest industry safety conference, which got underway on the Gold Coast yesterday.

Queensland Resources Minister Scott Stewart officially opened the conference yesterday morning.

“Worker safety must be the number one priority of the Queensland’s resources sector and the QMIHSC (Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference) demonstrates the industry’s commitment to that,” Stewart said.

“We all know how important the resources industry is to our great state’s economy, but safety must always be front and centre of everything the industry does.

“I look forward to hearing about new safety innovations and I applaud the organisers for using the conference to look to other industries to see what they can learn to improve safety practises in Queensland’s resources sector.”

Welcoming delates to the conference, chair of the 2023 QMIHSC, Larnie Mackay, said the event continues to grow and it’s great to see a record attendance at this year’s conference.

“The mining industry has been through considerable change over the past three decades in improving safety and health, but there is always more we can do.  We need to think differently, particularly in light of the current labour shortage in Australia as well as globally ,” Mackay said.

“This year’s theme ‘Inside Looking Out’ is about exploring not only the initiatives, programs and innovations coming from within the mining industry (the “inside”), but also looking at outcomes being achieved by other like-minded industries here and around the world where safety is the number one concern.

“Safety is an issue in which the entire Queensland mining industry is on the same page and this week’s conference is a great opportunity for representatives to come together to share experiences and information that benefits the whole resources sector.”

Mining safety legend

The event also saw a North West Queensland man with more than five decades experience in the mining sector and an outstanding record of community service take out the 2023 QMIHSC “Legend” award.

His many roles included four years as a District Workers Representative and member of the Mining Safety and Health Advisory Committee in which he became known for his ability to communicate with workers to make a genuine improvement to safety outcomes.

Mackay said the Legends award is always a highlight of the industry’s annual safety conference and Steve is very deserved recipient.

“Steve Carson epitomises the best of the resources sector through his commitment to his job and to improving health and safety outcomes for all mining workers,” Mackay said.

“His dedication to health and safety is an example to us all as we continue discussions on this critically important topic over the next three days of the conference.”

QMHISC continues on the Gold Coast until August 23 and the conference program is available here.

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