QRC to discuss mining deaths with top companies

The QRC will hold a meeting with top mining companies to discuss safety issues after a spike in the number of deaths in the industry.

The move comes after a man was killed at Anglo American’s Dawson coal mine on Monday following the explosion of a tyre.

QRC chief executive Michael Roche said the industry needed to learn lessons from past safety issues.

“I am sick and tired about hearing about fatalities involving tyres explosions,” Roche said.

"I've been in this job for 10 years. The first such experience was in 2006, I just can't believe that it continues to happen."

Roche said he had contacted several mining companies in Queensland in a bid to bring them together to discuss the sector’s safety performance.

CFMEU boss Stephen Smyth has called for a full investigation into tyre-related fatalities.

"This is the third fatal accident for the company following two accidents at Anglo American's mine site in Middlemount last year,” Smyth said.

"All governments and regulators need to start implementing recommendations to these mining companies to prevent these types of incidents. It's unacceptable that one person loses their life."

2014 was one of the worst years on record in terms of safety for the mining industry, with 17 people killed.

This was the highest death rate since 2005-06, even before the days of the mining boom.

It also represented the death of a worker every 15 days in the six month period to June 2014.

Few states or territories in Australia were spared, with deaths recorded at mine sites all across the country except for South Australia and Victoria.

So far in 2015, four mine workers have lost their lives as a result of a workplace incident.

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