New mines inspector on the cards for Mackay
MORE mines inspectors will be added as part of the latest mine and quarry safety initiatives by the State Government in response to the recent mine fatalities.
The inspectors will be based in one of the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy's regional offices in Mackay, Mt Isa, Rockhampton and Townsville.
Mackay MP Julieanne Gilbert said the extra resources boost would help keep mine and quarry workers safe.
"The safety and health of every worker is paramount, particularly in our communities, where everyone has a friend or a family member who works at a mine site," Mrs Gilbert said.
"Any loss of life or serious injury in mines and quarries is tragic and preventable, and six deaths in 12 months is, as I have said repeatedly, is totally unacceptable.
"We already have 44 qualified and experienced mines inspectors located across the state and the extra three for regional Queensland are a welcome addition."
Energy Minister Anthony Lynham told a safety forum of mining and quarrying chiefs and unions this week that three more inspectors and another Chief Inspector of Mines would be appointed as part of the government's response.
At the forum, company chiefs and unions also committed to a statewide safety reset by the end of August.
The recruitment process has already begun for the highly-specialised new inspectors and the Chief Inspector, which is expected to take some time due to the expertise required of the roles.
Separately, recruitment starts today to replace a mineral mines and quarries mines inspector in Townsville.
This comes on top of two independent expert reviews, which industry and unions committed to participating in, and cooperating in implementing the recommendations.
Forensic structural engineer Dr Sean Brady is examining all fatal incidents in Queensland mines and quarries since 2000.
Separately, the University of Queensland is reviewing the state's mining health and safety legislation to ensure it is relevant to current and emerging mine practice and technology.
The raft of mine and quarry safety initiatives come after the death of miner Jack Gerdes at the Baralaba North Coal Mine last week and last month's Middlemount mine tragedy that claimed the life of South Mackay grandfather David Routledge.