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Inquiry hears horrors of black lung disease

A North American expert in black lung has revealed at an inquiry the deadly disease is still killing Queensland coal miners even though authorities thought it was non-existent. United States black...

Work fatality rate rising in WA

Work fatality rates are on the rise in Western Australia, according to the latest Safe Work Australia data. The data, which is based on work fatality rates per 100,000 workers over thirteen years to...

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...

Company fined $110,000 after fatal crushing

A company has been fined $110,000 in Perth Magistrates Court in relation to an incident which fatally crushed a worker. X O W Nominees Pty Ltd, which trades as Rod Mitchell’s Transport and...

No safe level of coal dust exposure, researchers say

There may not be a safe level of coal dust exposure, University of Melbourne researchers have suggested. Since May last year, Queensland has confirmed 15 cases of Coal Worker’s Pneumoconiosis (CWP)...

Falling rock smashes through loader windscreen

A worker was injured at a New South Wales quarry after a large rock smashed through the front end loader he was operating and struck him. The large rock, weighing about 23 kilograms, fell about 17m...

Worker de-gloved after arms caught in conveyor

A boilermaker was de-gloved after becoming caught in a moving conveyor in June. The boilermaker was working alone while in the process of shutting down a crushing plant, according to a significant...

Worker falls in helicopter lifting incident

A worker fell a short distance after becoming tangled in a tag line during a helicopter lift, the Department of Mines and Petroleum said in a report. The incident, which occurred at a WA salt lake in...

Worker killed at WA gold mine

A worker has been killed at a Western Australian gold mine this morning. The Department of Mines and Petroleum have confirmed the death, which occurred at the Central Norseman Gold Mine. According to...

goonyella riverside miner dies in arc gouging incident

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...

AMSJ April 2022