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6 Queensland Mining Deaths in A Year is No Aberration - Expert

Coal News - Published on Thu, 11 Jul 2019

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AAP cited a leading health and safety expert as saying that the 6 deaths recorded in Queensland mining over the past 12 months is not an aberration. Mr David Cliff, a former health and safety adviser to the Queensland Mining Council, said “The current figures, the highest we've had in about 20 years, fly in the face of modern standards. To get one or two may be an aberration. To get six is not an aberration.”

Early on Sunday, Jack Gerdes became the sixth mining death in the state in 12 months after he was fatally injured at the Baralaba North Coal Mine in central Queensland. The experienced mining operator was found on the stairs of the excavator with injuries to his head, face and limbs. It's believed the 27-year-old got caught between the body of the excavator and the safety rails of the stairs. His death has prompted crisis talks between the state government, the mining industry and unions, and a review into fatal coal mine incidents would be expanded to include mineral mine and quarry incidents since 2000.

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Thu, 11 Jul 2019
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