Complaints will be accepted about mineral producers that fail to maintain safe employment conditions.
The Queensland Government recently invited submissions for its next parliamentary inquiry into coal mine safety.
State Resources Minister Scott Stewart wants everyone to know exactly what happened since Graham Dawson and Gavin Feltwell died at Sojitz’s Gregory Crinum Coal Mine (309km west of Rockhampton) and Anglo American’s Moranbah North Coal Mine (211km southwest of Mackay) respectively.
Stewart hopes to shed light on Anglo’s response to 65 Terry Martin inquiry recommendations, following a 2020 underground explosion that injured five employees at the Grosvenor Coal Mine, 199km southwest of Mackay. The minister also wants to know if other employers, including contractors and labour hire agencies, showed a lack of commitment to workplace health and safety.
An online portal has already been published to provide feedback. Complainants have until 4pm on 5 October 2022 to make a submission.
“The committee may hold public hearings to build on the information provided in written submissions. These hearings provide the opportunity to those witnesses who are invited by the committee to appear to explain further, or add to, information included in their submissions,” the portal said.
“Hearings also provide an opportunity for committee members to question submitters on the issues raised in their submissions, and for submitters to respond to issues or arguments put forward in other written or oral submissions.”
AMSJ can reveal these public hearings are widely expected to be held in Mackay, Moranbah and Emerald sometime in 2023.
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