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Queensland resource workers to reset for safety this October

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Queensland resources workers across the state will participate in the biennial industry-wide Safety Reset, which takes place in October during safe work month.

The 2023 Safety Reset is intended to refocus attention on the health and safety of workers and their right to return safely home after work.

This time around, the theme is “if it’s not safe or you’re unsure – stop!”. The safety content has been developed with the assistance of representatives and stakeholder bodies from across the resources sector.

Representatives include Rio Tinto; Glencore coal assets Australia; Queensland Resources Minister Scott Stewart; representatives from the Queensland Resources Council; Cement, Concrete, and Aggregates Australia; the Mining and Energy Union Queensland; the Australian Workers Union; and many more.

The 2023 Safety Reset will be the third in the event’s history. It follows the tragic deaths of two Dugald River miners in February this year. Dylan Langridge and Trevor Davis were operating a utility vehicle about 125 metres underground at the Queensland mine when the pair, along with a drill rig and operator, fell approximately 15 meters into a stope void when the ground beneath them gave way.

Ealier this year, ABC reported on a Mining and Energy Union audit, which detailed 54 serious incidents which occurred across the Queensland coal mines between the beginning of the year and June 11.

Previous Safety Resets held had identified barriers to safety in the workplace which included a fear of reprisal someone spoke up, complicated reporting processes, inadequate site inductions and safety training, and poor communication.

The first Reset was held in 2019 following a year in which six mine workers died at the workplace.

“Safety in the resources industry is everyone’s responsibility. The most important thing to come out of any Queensland work site at the end of the day is our workers,” Resources Minister Scott Stewart said.

“We need to remain vigilant, even when operations are running smoothly because complacency can lead to injury. Safety Resets provide an important opportunity for every worker to take stock and see what practises must be improved to ensure the workplace is safe.

“We want people and workplaces to go back to basics which is why the focus of this year’s Safety Reset is to empower and support workers to recognise unsafe situations, stop work, and report the issue. That is: see, stop, report.”

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