Safety inspectors warn miners at risk

A mining safety inspector has warned that the lives of miners are being put at risk due to inexperienced supervisors.

CFMEU mine safety inspector Greg Dalliston said secrecy, distrust and incompetence is putting miners lives on the line, according to The Morning Bulletin.

His comments come just days after a worker was killed at a Queensland quarry after he became entangled in a conveyor and ahead of the Queensland Government's report covering mine safety in February.

The report states that during the month there were 183 "serious and high potential incidents, 28 of which involved vehicles losing control, 25 where vehicles collided, and 28 involving explosives.

One of the most surprising incidents saw a driver take a wrong turn and enter a bench with shots ready to be fired.

Dallison said the most dangerous aspect in mining however remains the lack of competent supervisors.

"Inexperienced management is at the top of the list," Dalliston said.

"I'm talking about the supervisors in place at mostly open-cut mines.

"They are high-turnover positions and some of them will push production to just about let anything happen.

"They do not know what's going to happen and should not be there."

He went on to say that there is also the added risk of contractors not reporting safety issues as they feel it may put their job at risk.

A QLD Department of Mines spokesperson told the Bulletin that miners are legally bound to report all incidents, even those without injuries, to ensure safety throughout the industry. 

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