The Chief of Queensland’s Resources Council has denied issues of underlying safety culture issues exist within Queensland’s mining industry.
Speaking to the Australian Financial Review on the Grosvenor mine explosion, Ian Macfarlane said it was not helpful to speculate about the explosion’s causes.
“We need to be sure that people don’t pre-empt the findings,” he said.
“There is going to be an extensive inquiry into this. It was in every way a very serious incident, but it could have been an absolute catastrophe.”
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The AFR reported Mr Macfarlane denied the latest incident was further evidence of underlying problems in the safety culture of the state’s multibillion-dollar mining industry
“If you compare Australia or Queensland’s safety record to the US industry we’ve got a very good safety record,” he said.
Not all agree with Resource Council Chief’s position
Retired Mining Engineer and former Resources Council Member, Dr Ray Parkin told AMSJ three months ago there was a range of significant safety culture issues in the Queensland mining industry.
Dr Parkin says that the Queensland mining industry must change the culture to ensure that the real truth on mining accidents comes out.
Following the release of The Brady Report into mining deaths, Stephen Smyth from the CFMEU said the “Union supports its call for a comprehensive overhaul of safety culture in the industry. We will work through the findings and keep fighting for the necessary changes to protect mineworkers’ lives.”
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