QLD: Mining Safety Audits

Queensland mining companies will be audited for compliance with health and safety standards.

State Mines Minister Geoff Wilson says a report prepared by his department reveals too many workers are being injured in quarries and safety around heavy machinery is also being comprimised.

Mr Wilson said there had been one death over the last 12 months and the number of disabling injuries in quarries had doubled.

Queensland Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche says mining safety has improved dramatically but mining safety procedures are constantly being reviewed.

“We accept the Minister’s challenge to do better, particularly in the area of mobile equipment and that’s why the industry has set up a working party to come up with some solutions for the accidents that keep happening involving mobile equipment,” he said.

Report by OHS News Reporter – Julia Alder – Do you have an OHS News Story – Let us know

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