Mining companies must improve safety procedures
QUEENSLAND law firm Trilby Misso is calling for a crack-down on safety in the mining industry as alarming statistics show a spike in accidents involving mine workers.
Trilby Misso Practice Group leader Michael Broughton says the firm has taken on two recent claims from workers injured in accidents at Central Queensland mining operations.
Mr Broughton says there's been a 23% rise in the number of injuries to miners requiring time off work.
He says the Queensland Mines Inspectorate found there were 1047 workers injured in the 2011-12 financial year compared to 851 the previous year.
"The Commissioner for Mine Safety and Health, Stewart Bell, also reported that the amount of injuries per million hours worked in 2011-12 was 6.8, up from 4.2 the year before," Mr Broughton says.
Mr Broughton says both accident claims Trilby Misso is handling are a result of unsatisfactory workplace procedures and staff being required to perform duties beyond their physical capability.
In one case a 42-year-old man working at a gold mine suffered a serious back injury this year after he was forced to drag a hose weighing approximately 100kg.
"This accident came as a result of the worker being required to perform work over and above his normal duties and physical strength, mainly because of a lack of staff on the site," Mr Broughton says.