Review prompts change to safety reporting

A damning report into the way mine safety statistics are recorded in Queensland will bring about changes to the system, Queensland Mines and Energy Minister Geoff Wilson has said.

A damning report into the way mine safety statistics are recorded in Queensland will bring about changes to the system, Queensland Mines and Energy Minister Geoff Wilson has said.

A government-commissioned review of the annual mine safety report has made 36 recommendations, on issues such as mine audits, the definition and reporting of injuries, and the level of awareness of health and safety risks.

“While it shines a light on what’s being done right, it also hangs a lantern on some of the problems in the mining industry,” Wilson said of the review.

“For instance, the safety and health experts found the reporting of lost time injuries was incomplete.

“The stats in the annual report didn’t tell the true story. They only reported on half the injuries that prevent a person from returning to work.”

Wilson said the government was committed to working through all of the recommendations with the key stakeholders in Queensland’s mining industry.

“I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and work with key stakeholders on all the recommendations, one by one,” he said.

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