Queensland’s Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the roll out of a state-wide safety reset to remind all workers about the dangers and potential fatal risks of working in the resource industry.
QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said by the end of August every miner would have attended a thorough safety briefing focussing on the fatal risks at their mine site.
“Following a safety summit led by Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham and attended by industry and union representatives it was decided every mine worker on every site will stop work to have a two-way conversation with their employers about fatal risks,” Mr Macfarlane said.
“As an industry we will make sure when people leave these session they are fully aware of the serious risks they face at work and that they have an opportunity to raise any safety concerns that they have.
“Safety officers will distribute a comprehensive package of information to sites which will be discussed with workers during the safety sessions along with input from company executives to demonstrate that a commitment to safety starts at the top.
“Industry has been improving its safety and improving the way it goes about increasing the knowledge of all the workers in the industry. We will continue to work with the CFMEU, AWU and the Queensland Government to ensure that safety remains the number one priority for all companies.
“Everyone who works in a mine – or any other workplace for that matter – is entitled to leave for work and return home safely to their loved ones.”