Resources sector reaffirms commitment to mine safety reset

The State’s mining industry has reaffirmed its commitment to a safety reset at all mine sites, Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said.

Mr Macfarlane said the safety reset was an agreed approach between the Queensland Government, industry and unions following four fatalities at mines over the last 12 months and another two fatalities at quarries over the same period.

“Safety is the priority for our industry and the safety reset is an initiative to reaffirm that message at every mine site to every worker,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“The industry will continue to aim to have delivered the safety reset on all mine sites by the end of August.

“The safety reset is a focus at the annual Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference at the Gold Coast this week.”

The Government has commissioned two independent reviews – due to report back by the end of the year on:

• why mine and quarry workers have died over the past 20 years; how industry can improve and how the mines inspectorate can work better.

• the State’s mining health and safety legislation.

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