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A call from Queensland Labor MP Jo-Ann Miller for a Royal Commission into Black Lung disease has been welcomed in mining communities across the state as more workers get diagnosed, and the scourge of the resurgent deadly disease continues to spread.
CFMEU Mining and Energy Division Queensland District President Stephen Smyth said a full and independent Royal Commission was the only way to get to the bottom of the regulatory failures that allowed Black Lung disease to return.
The mining community of Moura went into shock on 16 July 1986 when an underground blast took the lives of 12 underground mineworkers at the No. 4 Mine.
The tragedy brought home the devestating reality of the hostile environment that mineworkers work in daily. It showed with brutal effect why coalmining is a unique industry and why the people who work it deserve recognition and support for the dangerous occupation they are in.
In an announcement that is sending shockwaves through the mining industry, a report from medical experts investigating rates of Black Lung disease amongst Australian miners has revealed the problem is much worse than anticipated.
The first comprehensive review into a sample of 248 miner x-rays and health records has revealed that 18 cases have returned results showing Black Lung disease - in addition to the existing 11 cases that have been confirmed by the Queensland government.
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