Uni set to review health screening of Queensland miners

QUEENSLAND'S high mine safety standard was this year marred by increased fatalities and disabling injuries.

The data was revealed in the Queensland Mines and Quarries Safety Performance and Health Report 2014-15, released yesterday.

Acting Commissioner for Mine Safety and Health Paul Harrison said it had been a challenging year for an industry experiencing contraction and organisational change.

"Our otherwise high standard of safety performance has been marred by a number of incidents at coal and metalliferous mines that resulted in serious injury and loss of life," he said.

"Tragically, four mine workers died as a result of mining accidents during 2014-15 compared with two fatalities the previous year.

"These six fatalities which occurred during an 11-month period between May 2014 and March 2015 represents the worst fatality record for Queensland mining since 1997.

"Queensland also recorded its first cases of pneumoconiosis in nearly three decades during 2015.

"The department has approached the Monash University Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health to assist with a review of existing medical assessment methodologies, to ensure that early diagnosis for respirable lung diseases such as pneumoconiosis occurs at the screening level."

Queensland Resources Council CEO Michael Roche welcomed this decision, saying the industry wanted to know workers were protected.

Key figures

1877 high potential incidents (down from 2168 in 2013-14)

25 permanent incapacities (down from 38 in 2013-14)

684 disabling injuries (up from 585 in 2013-14)



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