Tragic fatality a wake-up call for safety at BHP coal mines

The tragic death of mineworker Allan Houston at BHP Coal’s Saraji mine in Central Queensland must trigger a safety ‘reset’ across all of BHP’s Central Queensland coal mines, the CFMEU said today.

CFMEU Mining and Energy is calling on BHP to provide information to its workforce on areas of concern at all seven mines operating under the BHP Mitsubishi Alliance: Goonyella Riverside, Broadmeadow, Daunia, Peak Downs, Saraji, Blackwater and Caval Ridge.

“We are concerned that safety incidents on BHP mines are not leading to an adequate review of operating procedures, neither at the site the incident occurred nor across BHP’s network of mines,” said CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland President Stephen Smyth.

“BHP has thousands of lives in its hands every day across its Central Queensland coal mines.

“We are aware that Allan’s death has followed a number of near misses. In the wake of this week’s shocking fatality, workers are looking for greater reassurance that the company’s rhetoric about safety is being matched by action.”

Areas that the CFMEU is seeking

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