Black Lung Reborn: Why Everyone is Worried

Reported by Haydee | 28 Jan, 2016

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 …


Coal miners walk off job due to Black Lung disease comeback

Reported by Haydee | 03 Dec, 2015

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.


Union calls for increased support for workers with substance abuse problems

Reported by Haydee | 06 Oct, 2015

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.

Union calls for national investigation of site construction safety

Reported by Haydee | 21 Nov, 2013

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 …

Construction Workers Protest Over Safety Concerns at Canberra Site

Reported by Admin | 01 Nov, 2013

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 …

Union Claims Two Safety Officers Dismissed after Crane Incident

Reported by Admin | 31 Oct, 2013

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 …

Proposed Changes to QLD OHS Safety Laws will Risk Lives According to Union

Reported by Admin | 05 Oct, 2013

According to proposed OHS changes by the attorney general in QLD, unions wanting to inspect safety breaches will have to wait 24 hours to access construction sites. The purpose of these changes, according to Jarrod Bleijie, is to make sure that all safety issues are dealt with by the government’s safety regulator and to “stop …

Worker Falls Four Metres at NSW Construction Site

Reported by Admin | 06 Sep, 2013

A 28-year-old worker fell almost 4 metres when he was working at a construction site in West Keira yesterday afternoon. Paramedics arrived at the site around 2pm and treated the worker for a suspected spinal injury prior to transporting him to Wollongong Hospital in a stable condition. Mick Lane, a CFMEU official, said that there …

Two Workers Injured at Curtis Island Construction Site

Reported by Admin | 27 Aug, 2013

The CFMEU has voiced their concern about safety on Curtis Island after two workers were injured at a Curtis Island construction site on Saturday. One of the workers was flown to Rockingham by helicopter for treatment. The incident happened on the compressor deck as workers were moving a crane rail along a structural steel beam. …

QLD Commissioner for Mine Safety rejects union’s safety claims

Reported by Haydee | 20 Aug, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library The Queensland Commissioner for Mine Safety denied claims that job cuts are compromising health and safety as expressed by the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union. ABC News reported that CFMEU is concerned on the job cuts in the past year as companies try to minimise costs. Spokesman Greg Dalliston said workers …

Chinese Embassy Site in ACT a Safety Concern for Australian Workers

Reported by Admin | 25 Jun, 2013

Unions are concerned that any Australian worker injured on the construction site for the new Chinese embassy in Canberra may not have access to compensation. Dean Hall, the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) ACT secretary said yesterday that he had found out that Australian workers have been delivering supplies to the “secretive” site …

Independent asbestos test to be conducted at CBD worksite

Reported by Haydee | 21 Jun, 2013

NT WorkSafe has released a statement to clarify reports on the alleged asbestos discovery at a worksite at the end of Smith St Hall in Darwin. According to NT WorkSafe, they have received conflicting asbestos sampling results from the CFMEU and the builder. Because of this, NT WorkSafe has arranged for independent testing to be …