QLD mining industry to export safety standards to India

Queensland companies are using their experience in Australia’s mining industry to export their technical services and safety training to India’s resources sector.

Speaking in India yesterday, QLD premier Campbell Newman explained that “the state’s mining industry had developed technologies and services that had placed the state on India’s radar”.

Newman’s visit is part of a wider mission, leading 76 Queensland businesses on a trade mission to India to promote the state’s industries.

He stated that with Queensland’s high standards many other countries have looked to the state to imitate their safety regulations.

Earlier this year Solid Energy used the Pike River inquiry to call for mines inspections to be run by the Queensland Mines Inspectorate rather than New Zealand’s own Labour Department.

Newman pointed to one Australian company, Simtars, experience in India.

“Simtars, a world-leading industrial health, safety research and training organisation, recently accredited 20 in-house safety training staff for Coal India, after a comprehensive two-year training program.

“This was a three-stage program run over two years to establish trainers who could provide long-term education on the fundamentals of risk management for Coal India employees.

“They will now train countless other staff, helping to enhance workplace safety in mines and industrial sites throughout India by adopting Queensland’s rigorous safety standards.”

He went on to highlight mining consultant Salva Resources success in India as a demonstration of how Queensland resources companies could operate in the nation.

“Based in India and Queensland, Salva is not only celebrating its five year anniversary, but has recently opened another office in Kolkata to meet growing demand,” he said.

“Salva Resources’ local operations grew by 140 per cent to $13.6 million in 2011, with the business last year being recognised as the ninth fastest growing company in Australia.

“This is what this mission is about: finding opportunities for Queensland companies to follow in companies like Salva Resources’ considerable footsteps.”

The premier’s speech marked the launch of the Queensland delegation for the International Mining and Machinery Exhibition in Kolkata.

Following Newman’s speech, radio shock jock Alan Jones attacked the premier, calling him a sell out to Indian mine developers after he supported the massive Adani coal mine in Queensland.



Image: Herald Sun/ Graham Crouch

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