The Queensland Mines Minister has announced a historical review of mining safety and a review of legislation in the midst of public outcry over recent industry fatalities.
Dr Anthony Lynham, Queensland Government Minister for mine safety said this evening “Two expert independent reviews are now underway to identify changes needed to improve health and safety in the state’s mines and quarries.”
“Forensic structural engineer Dr Sean Brady is examining all fatal incidents in Queensland mines and quarries since 2000.”
“I have broadened this review. It was originally coal mine incidents only to the end of 2018, but will now include mineral mine and quarry incidents, and all fatal incidents this year.”
Minister Lynham added, “This review will look at why mineworkers have died over the past 20 years; how the industry can improve and how the mines inspectorate can work better.”
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“Separately, the University of Queensland is reviewing the state’s mining health and safety legislation to ensure it is relevant to current and emerging mine practice and technology.”
“The UQ team will consult with industry, unions, mines inspectors and legal experts during the review.”
“The reviews received the full support of industry representatives at this afternoon’s meeting.”
The Queensland Mines Minister said the reviews will be both completed by the end of this year and will be tabled in Parliament.
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