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Queensland funds lung research to protect workers

The Queensland Government will invest $5 million in research to protect workers from, and improve treatment for, occupational dust lung diseases, including silicosis and coal workers’ pneumoconiosis...

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Workplace exposure standards coal dust | Changes flagged

Amendments to workplace exposure standards for coal dust have been flagged in the latest call for submissions by Safework Australia. Safework Australia is seeking feedback on suggested new values...

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Black lung – New Qld law to protect workers

Authorities have yielded to widespread concerns about the horrifying effects of black lung, and passed new rules to protect Queensland coal miners from the deadly disease. Queensland Parliament will...

Black lung victim: ‘I thought I was safe’

The following is a statement from Paul Head, 55, who is Australia’s first open cut miner to be diagnosed with black lung disease.  I’ve worked in coal mining for 31 years, I worked at the...

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Fifteenth case of black lung confirmed

A fifteenth case of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis has been confirmed this week. The mine worker, who has worked in underground longwall mines for 36 years, was given the all-clear on two...

Three new cases of black lung revealed

Three new cases of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis have been revealed by the CFMEU this week, just weeks after the disease killed one of them – a retired miner. The mining union said Mines...

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Queensland gov’t launches “attack” on black lung

Tougher coal dust controls, new and better testing, and better trained medicos are the backbone of a new regime to protect the health of the state’s 5500 underground coal miners. A day after...

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