The Queensland mining sector has recorded its best safety performance which has set the way for further improvements, Queensland Resources Council (QRC) chief executive Michael Roche said.
Following the release of the Queensland Mines and Quarries Safety Performance and Health Report for 2008-09, Roche said there have been improvements in a range of key safety indicators.
“Continued improvements in the lost-time injury frequency rate and total recordable injuries have further raised the bar for industry safety,” he said.
However, while the number of injuries has decreased, the actual time lost due to these injuries has increased.
Concerns were also raised over the number of incidents involving vehicles and mobile machinery.
Due to this, the QRC has announced its development of a strategy to deal with mine vehicle accidents.
While it is looking towards the sector wide adoption of vehicle proximity detection systems, it is also aiming to develop a set of new principles for underground and open cut mine vehicle operation.
“There is no such thing as an acceptable level of death or injury and that’s why Queensland’s mining industry will maintain its highest focus on the health and safety of its employees,” Roche stated.