Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Where Safety Is Paramount; Mining's a Dangerous Gig

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Where Safety Is Paramount; Mining's a Dangerous Gig

Article excerpt

THERE is no other way to put it Co mining is a dangerous and deadly business.

Every day a miner goes to work he risks not coming home again, never seeing his children and loved ones again, or enjoying all the wonderful pleasures life has to offer.

You would have read in the Daily Mercury recently that 430 people have lost their lives in the Australian coal mining industry since 1882. That means deep loss and unbelievable sadness for the thousands of family members, friends and work mates left behind.

Even in my brief association with coal mining there have been several people who have lost their lives in unfortunate mine site accidents. In fact, one death occurred on my own mine site and another involved a friend of a family member.

In that same period of 130 years, since 1882, there have been literally thousands of mine site accidents and incidents that have caused injury, many serious, but have not resulted in the death of anyone.

Yes, mining is a dangerous and deadly business but in Australia, from what I see and have experienced, the lives, welfare and safety of mine site workers are paramount in the thinking, organisation and running of our mine site operations.

CyZero Harm' is the catch phrase of the mining industry and the number one priority behind every operation. It's a target and a banner that we all work under.

However, as good as it sounds and with the industry doing its best to implement strategies and procedures in order to attain zero harm to miners, in reality it is impossible to achieve.

There is no doubt that safety is the number one priority. Anyone coming into the industry has to undergo a rigorous array of inductions, medical tests and familiarisations before they can even step foot onto a Queensland mine site.

Once you're working in the industry you have to renew these basic standards every couple of years. …

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