Queensland mining industry needs to improve safety to avoid deaths

Article by Amanda Jasi

Expert review reveals many fatalities were preventable

AN expert report says that 12 deaths are likely to occur over any five-year period within the Queensland, Australia mining industry if it does not improve safety. It makes several recommendations to help industry do so.

The report reveals the findings of an expert review commissioned by Queensland Minister for Natural Resources, Mines, and Energy, Anthony Lynham. The review examined fatal incidents in Queensland mines and quarries from January 2000 to July 2019, to identify changes needed to improve health and safety in Queensland’s mines and quarries.

Based on past behaviour, the report projects that 12 deaths will occur over any five-year period if the industry continues to take a similar approach to safety as it had during the review period

This article is adapted from an earlier online version.

Article by Amanda Jasi

Staff Reporter, The Chemical Engineer

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