Explosion expert Professor David Cliff has been appointed the director of the Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre (MISHC) at the University of Queensland.
Cliff succeeds Professor Jim Joy, and will focus on building site safety and improving emergency management on mines.
“Although not perfect, the Australian safety system is one of the best in the world,” he stated.
“The MISHC is set to expand its work in this area, and will place emphasis on undertaking applied research into the health and safety problems facing the mining and minerals processing industry.”
Cliff was brought into to assist with New Zealand’s Pike River disaster, in which 29 coal miners were killed
“As recent events have shown there is an urgent need for improvement in the mines’ capacities to respond to emergencies, quickly and efficiently,” Cliff said.
He stated that he is aiming o create more opportunities for students to gain hands on experience in this vital part of the resources sector.”
MISHC is one of six centres which make up the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) within the University of Queensland.