A 109 page coroner’s report has been released, revealing the cause of death of three Tasmanian miners working at Renison mine.
The Minister for Planning and Workplace Relations David Bartlett said the findings into the deaths of three miners, killed in two separate incidents in 2001 and 2003, are a tragic reminder of the dangers of underground mining.
“While it is premature to provide a full response to the 109 page coroner’s report, there is no doubt that the current laws that regulate mine safety in Tasmania need reviewing,” Bartlett said.
Bartlett said to that end, a workshop on the future regulation of mine safety for Tasmania was held in Hobart in March.
The workshop was chaired by Professor Andrew Hopkins, an authority on mine safety.
“The workshop comprised prominent academics, mine managers, union leaders and regulators, and drew from a range of regulatory options for a model which best fits Tasmania’s needs,” Bartlett said.
Tasmania is also participating in a national steering committee which is considering a nationally uniform regulatory framework.
“But rather than wait for the final report from the national steering committee, we will work towards a model which best fits Tasmania’s needs,” Bartlett said.
“Workplace Standards Tasmania will form and chair its own steering group with stakeholders to examine proposals in more detail.
“A project manager has commenced with Workplace Standards Tasmania to assist in the process.
“Coroner Jones’ findings will also be used to inform the steering group.”
Bartlett said audits of all underground metalliferous mines were completed last year and mine audit activity by Workplace Standards Tasmania continued.
“Mines inspectors have been spending more time visiting mines in the past year than previously.
“Their increased presence has been welcomed by both managers and mine workers.
“None of this however, takes away from the need for all people working in mines to remain vigilant.
“The Government wishes to again express deep condolences to the families of Jarrod Jones, Matthew Lister and Sid Pearce.”
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