The eighth case of black lung has been confirmed this week making it the second coal mine worker to have been diagnosed with the disease in less than a week.
Workers marched through the streets of Darwin to highlight safety issues on suicide among FIFO workers, effects of 4/1 rosters on the mental health of workers, and other work health and safety concerns.
The family of a 27-year-old worker who died in November 2015 after concrete panels fell on him and another worker at a construction site in East Perth travelled from Northern Island to find answers to their loved one’s death.
There are around 1,000 coal miners in Queensland who may have contracted black lung disease, says an Australian mining union.
The resurgence of black lung diseases exposes several flaws in mine site management practices, regulatory compliance systems and in the health monitoring system in Queensland according to a mining union’s submission to a senate inquiry on the re-emergence of the disease.
The Senate Standing Committee on Health recently announced a senate inquiry into the resurgence of Black Lung Disease.
For coal miners, coal worker’s pneumoconiosis (CWP) or black lung disease is a devastating consequence of devoting years of work in coal mines. Black lung is a disabling occupational lung disease that is caused by long-term exposure to excessive levels of coal mine dust. A cure is yet to be discovered, but it can be …
The concerns were raised after the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists said that only a fraction of local radiologists are qualified to diagnose black lung disease.
CFMEU reminds businesses that exposing workers to hot weather conditions is a critical safety hazard which can cause serious illnesses and urged them to protect workers this time of the year.
An Adelaide apprentice was critically injured after collapsing due to heat stress.
The disease caused by long-term exposure to coal dust was thought to have been eradicated in Australia years ago. Inhaled coal dust can build up in the lungs and lead to inflammation, fibrosis, and in worse cases, necrosis.
In September, CFMEU Construction National Secretary Dave Noonan welcomed the bill introduced by Senator Eric Abetz requiring drug and alcohol testing policies on construction sites, but said he was concerned about the lack of support and services for people with substance addiction.
The reportedly increasing number of workers using crystal methamphetamine prompted several unions in the country to support the mandatory drug testing.
A union claims that several maintenance workers at a refinery in Kwinana were exposed to asbestos.
A large block of stone fell from a building site at Martin Place. This is the second near-miss incident at the site in less than two months.
One of Australia’s powerful unions says mandatory drug and alcohol testing is important in the construction industry.
Safety barriers and speed humps removed from construction site days before worker’s tragic death, says union
A union claims that safety barriers and speed humps were removed at a warehouse club’s construction site days before a landscape gardener died when he was struck by a truck on a service road.
Downer EDI was ordered by the Fair Work Commission to reinstate three workers who were illegally sacked from their jobs at the Boggabri Coal Mine last year.
A union calls for a national investigation into the safety of work sites of a large construction company after a tradesman in Brisbane died when he was struck by a falling beam on Brisbane’s Airport Link project two years ago. The Australian was able to take hold of a copy of a memo showing that …
Over 100 workers protested at an ACT construction site today over their concerns for safety. Work stopped at the Braddon site today as a result of the protest. Inspectors from WorkSafe ACT are talking to management at the construction site about the concerns raised by the CFMEU. These issues include the lack of an established …
The CFMEU has claimed that two safety officers were unfairly dismissed at an Adelaide construction site after an incident with a crane last Friday. A total of eight cranes were working at the site and they all stopped work after a load on one of them got out of control and came into contact with …