Mining health and safety conference set for the Gold Coast

The Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference will take place this year on the Gold Coast for the first time since its inception 28 years ago.

The three-day event, beginning August 14, is reportedly one of the largest safety conferences in the southern hemisphere.

It will feature more than 550 delegates, featuring keynote speakers, industry presentations, and trade displays.

This year’s theme is ‘A past forgotten is a future repeated’, with conference chair Greg Dalliston saying the event will deliver a thought provoking program based on past mistakes. 

He said two of the biggest issues are coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP) and fatality risks.

“Repeating the same mistakes and not learning from the past has the potential to put our workforce at risk, and is also a waste of time and resources,” he said. 

“The conference is a vital opportunity for industry leaders to share knowledge, best practices and learn about emerging technology that ensures our workers make it home safely at the end of each and every shift.”

The conference will open with Queensland mines minister Anthony Lynham, who initiated a formal inquiry into CWP following its resurgence in Australia.

Keynote speakers include one of the leaders of the black lung inquiry, professor Malcolm Sim, mine safety consultant and former Queensland Resource Council chief executive Susan Johnston, and Andrew Clough, vice president, safety, health and environment for Peabody Energy Australia.