Statement from QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane on mine fatality

The QRC is deeply saddened by the death of a worker at the Baralaba mine and the injury of a miner in a separate incident at Collinsville.

Our thoughts are with each miner’s family, friends and the local community at this difficult time.

The ongoing focus on safety procedures and safety lessons are a day to day reality for the Australian resources sector. The resources sector has made constant improvements in its safety record over the last twenty years, but we cannot become complacent.

No death on a mine site is acceptable.

Industry is working on measures for a safety reset to refocus on safety in light of the recent tragedies.

QRC meets regularly with the Government and with unions on matters including safety. We have redoubled that communication since the tragedy at the Middlemount mine, including discussions last week with both Minister Lynham and the CFMEU.

QRC will again meet with the Government, unions and workers this week on further actions that can be taken to increase safety across the industry.

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