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Tighter laws to protect coal miners against black lung

Tighter rules to protect Queensland miners from coal workers pneumoconiosis will officially kick in from January 1. Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr...

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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Fourth case of black lung confirmed in a week

A fourth case of black lung has been confirmed in less than a week, bringing the total number of coal miners diagnosed to 11. The Department of Natural Resources and Mines announced the latest victim...

Three new cases of black lung confirmed

Three cases of black lung have been confirmed in as many days taking the total number of confirmed cases to 10. A 55-year-old underground coal mine worker was confirmed to have the deadly lung...

Black Lung: Union says gov’t needs to do more

A sixth black lung case has been confirmed in Queensland, with a 51-year-old electrician diagnosed last week. The diagnosis comes just days after Mining Minister Dr Anthony Lynham announced a five...

New five-point plan to protect coal miners’ health

The Queensland Government has released a five-point plan to tackle an important health issue for the state’s past and current coal miners. Natural Resources and Mines Minister and Acting Health...

Deadly “Black Lung” disease re-emerges in Queensland

Three cases of Black Lung have been detected in three months at coal mines in Queensland, in what could be the tip of the iceberg for a disease that had been wiped out in Australia half a century ago...

Report into roof bolting machine hazards released

A special report into mobile roof bolting machine hazards has been released following the injury and subsequent death of a mine worker in 2008. On the 24 July 2008, a coal miner working at Myuna...