An eighth worker has been identified with black lung; the second coal miner in less than a week.
Another Queensland coal miner has been diagnosed with black lung.
South Australia’s Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission has recommended the state investigate an international storage site for intermediate and high-level (spent fuel) nuclear waste.
Atlas Copco has launched its newest zero emissions underground loader, setting a new benchmark in operator safety.
Ansell has announced the sale of its Onguard footwear business, including a US factory, to Dunlop Industrial and Protective Footwear for an undisclosed amount.
A new senate report is calling for a national coal dust monitoring group to be created following the re-emergence of black lung.
Fly-in fly-out mining workers have been blamed for presenting a risk of unruly behaviour on flights, according to the Australian Institute of Criminology. The report ‘Responding to unruly airline passengers’ said intoxication was a significant factor for problem passengers, in a trend which although on the decline, could still be traced to some key risk … Continue reading FIFO workers blamed for unruly behaviour
A worker has been airlifted from the Drayton coal mine after he was injured in a safety incident. It is understood the 44 year-old worker was thrown around the cabin of his bulldozer, and may have suffered a pelvic fracture. Newcastle Herald reported he was in a stable condition.
A worker has suffered a skull fracture after falling from an articulated dump truck. The incident occurred in February, at Sibelco’s Salt Ash sand plant. The plant operator was preparing to unload a Volvo A30 ADT that had been transported to the site on a low loader. During preparation the operator accessed the top of … Continue reading Worker suffers fractured skull at sand mine
A long workplace injury battle with Rio Tinto has reached a new conclusion, with a Federal Court judge criticising Rio Tinto for its treatment of a former bulldozer operator and driller, and upholding a CFMEU adverse action claim. Justice John Reeves said former Hail Creek employee Michael Haylett had demonstrated remarkable resilience, having been involved … Continue reading Hail Creek remains “recalcitrant” on long-running injury claim
Coal dust regulations changes are now a priority for the QLD government. National Resources and Mines Minister Dr. Anthony Lynham launched the movement to protect coal miner’s health as black lung re-emerges. Lynham told parliament that action on these changes has begun on coal dust which causes coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP) or black lung, a … Continue reading Coal dust reforms on track to combat black lung
A coronial inquiry into a death caused by heatstroke on the Roma 2 GLNG project has highlighted a number of potentially fatal safety deficiencies. FIFO worker Glenn Richard Newport – known by his nickname ‘Grievous’ – died at the GLNG upstream project in January 2013, after suffering a heart attack caused by dilutional heatstroke. Newport … Continue reading Coroner calls for code for working in extreme heat
The name black lung says it all. When miners inhale excessive amounts of coal dust, the fine air filtration system of the lungs sieves out the dust, which then remains permanently in the lung. These deposits can even be seen with the naked eye if the lungs are removed from the body, hence the name. … Continue reading Black lung’s back? How we became complacent with coal miners’ pneumoconiosis
Federal parliament has scrapped the Gillard government’s road safety tribunal, skirting a minimum wage decision for owner-driver truckies. Legislation to abolish the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal passed the Senate without Labor’s support on Monday evening after two hours of debate. The bill passed 36 to 32 with the support of the crossbench except Motoring Enthusiast … Continue reading Road Safety Tribunal Bill Abolished
A haul truck has collided with a grader on an active waste dump at a West Australian mine. According to the WA DMP report, the incident occurred when a grader was grading near the entrance of the waste dump, into oncoming traffic. “As a haul truck drove up the pit ramp and turned off onto … Continue reading Haul truck collides with grader
A front end loader has reversed into a light vehicle at Whitehaven’s coal mine’s CHPP. The incident occurred on 12 March, eight hours into the shift, fortunately no one was injured. Only two employees were working at the coal stockpile area at Whitehaven’s Coal Handling and Preparation Plant at the time, with the leading hand … Continue reading Light vehicle and loader collide on coal mine
A new high-tech research project focused on open cut mine safety has launched in Victoria’s LaTrobe Valley. The $2.2 million ‘Batter Stability project’ was unveiled by Victorian minister for energy and resources, Lily D’Ambrosio, at Energy Australia’s Yallourn brown coal mine. The project focuses on geotechnical and hydrogeological studies of mine batters, the sloping pit … Continue reading New mine safety research project launches in Victoria
New drug testing arrangements at the Goonyella Riverside Mine will continue as planned following a Supreme Court decision in favour of operator BMA.
Two Curtin University students were shot in a botched drug deal last night in New Orleans, after competing in the 38th International Collegiate Mining Games in Montana.
A miner who received brain damage in a traffic accident after his shift is suing his employers for $2.5 million.