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Coal mines' dust monitoring failures exposed

11 August, 2017

State Mines Minister Anthony Lynham has named and shamed four Queensland coal mines in parliament, warning they could be shut down or prosecuted for failing to meet monitoring obligations, reports AAP.

Four underground Queensland coalmines operated by Glencore and Anglo American could be prosecuted or even shut down for failing to properly monitor dust levels, AAP reported today.

The AAP reported: 

Anthony Lynham, the state’s mines minister, has named and shamed the companies in parliament, warning that they risked severe penalties for failing to meet monitoring obligations designed to protect workers from dust-related diseases such as black lung.

The mines inspectorate could demand full, independent safety audits or opt to prosecute, or even close, Glencore’s Oaky North and Oaky No 1 mines and Anglo’s Moranbah North and Grosvenor sites, he said.

Based on our knowledge of diseases caused by coal dust, it is my view that any failure to comply reflects a gross disregard of an operator’s obligations to protect their workforce,” Lynham told parliament on Thursday night.

Read the full story Queensland coalmines named and shamed for dust monitoring failures via Guardian Australia.