Review makes scathing finds on Qld mining
DEATH IN QUEENSLAND'S MINING SECTOR
* 47 people have died while working on mines and quarries across Queensland since 2000
* Eight of those were in the past two years, which is more than any other state
* 15 deaths involved a vehicle, 12 involved contact with a machinery - such as being struck by a moving or falling object - and being crushed
* 10 were from a roof or rock fall, four involved falling from height, four from tyre failures, one from a fire and another in irrespirable atmosphere
WHAT IS THE RESPONSE?
* After a spate of deaths in 2018 and 2019, the state government ordered a "safety reset" for the industry, which meant workers had to attend a safety briefing.
* The state government is also about to pass laws to create an independent health and safety regulator for the resources sector
* It commissioned a review of the 47 deaths, and the final report was made public on Thursday
WHAT WERE THE FINDINGS?
* It found the industry was operating in a death cycle and that more would die unless there were significant changes within the sector
* Most of the deaths were entirely preventable
* Training and supervision were often inadequate
* Human error played no part in 10 deaths, and the rest could be put down to a combination of factors
WHAT HAPPENS NOW?
* The report included a number of recommendations, including that the industry must address the lack of training and supervision
* The sector should also enforce controls to manage hazards, and simplify reporting processes
* Two government committees will consider this review before making recommendations to Mines Minister Anthony Lynham
* They will identify key priorities the government needs to address, including potential changes to the law
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