New safety inquiry for Qld mining sector

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The Queensland Government will initiate a parliamentary inquiry into the coal mining industry, examining its health and safety culture and how it has has acted on recommendations from a report into the Grosvenor mine explosion.

“It is critical that Queenslanders can be confident the resources industry is doing everything it possibly can to ensure the safety and health of the workers they employ, which is why an inquiry is important,” State Resources Minister Scott Stewart said.

The Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry was established in 2020 to examine the underground explosion at Grosvenor mine.

The board made 65 recommendations for improving safety and health in the coal mining industry.

“I continue to work with the industry through the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) to make sure they are addressing the recommendations made by the Board of Inquiry,” Stewart said.

The QRC has welcomed the opportunity to show what the resources industry is undertaking to continuously improve safety in the mining industry.

“The safety of every mine worker is a priority and a core value of every mining operation in Queensland,” QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane said.

“When it comes to worker safety, our industry operates on the basis we are on an ongoing, continuous cycle of improvement and that any injury or fatality is unacceptable.

“We look forward to sharing with the Queensland community just how seriously our companies take their responsibility to provide a safe operating environment, and where improvements can be made in any area we will listen and follow the recommendations of the experts.”

Later this month almost 1000 people are set to attend the Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference on the Gold Coast, with hundreds more expected to attend online.

“Queensland’s safety conference is highly regarded internationally and the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere,” Macfarlane said.

“The conference will feature presentations by the best health and safety experts in the world as well as from leading independent regulators and government representatives.

“The goal is to share knowledge and insights into critical health and safety issues and innovations in order to continuously improve safety in our industry.”