Safety Zone

  • Now that the former CEO of Massey Energy, who operated the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia, USA, has been found guilty of  conspiring to violate federal mine safety standards, what does it mean for the future of safety in American mines?

    Here is an audio podcast from Inside Appalachia.

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    On 13 October 1954 a gas outburst occurred at the Collinsville State Mine. Seven men were killed. Two other men were hospitalised, severely affected by the gas.

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    Half a century apart, but on nearly the same date, Queensland experienced two coal mine disasters which had a significant and long lasting impact on the communities at Kianga and Mount Mulligan.

  • By Jonathan Tasini


  • IndustriALL Global Union and its worldwide family mourn the deaths of hundreds of mineworkers in Soma, Manisa province in Western Turkey. As of the time of writing, 205 miners are dead and more than 80 are hospitalized. Rescue efforts continue to safeguard hundreds more miners trapped underground. Oxygen is still being pumped into the mine, however hopes are diminishing.

    Read more on IndustriALL, which also includes a chronology of Turkish coal mine disasters.

  • Coal mining is a dangerous industry which demands a strong emphasis on ensuring the protection of miners' health, safety and well being. This study investigates the role and effectiveness of health & safety reps in Queensland Coal Mines and was undertaken by the Cardiff Work Environment Research Centre at Cardiff University in Wales, UK.

    The aim of the study is to contribute further knowledge of the effectiveness of the role of worker reps in managing those risks.

  • Thousands of family members become survivors of a sudden work-related death each year but little is known of how the death and the responses of government and other organisations affect them.

    The ‘Workplace Death: Improving Support for Families’ study is investigating the consequences of workplace death for surviving families. It also considers how well official responses, such as workers’ compensation and the provision of information and support, meet families’ needs.

  • This safety bulletin issued by the Queensland Dept of Natural Resources and Mines provides advice about preparation the coming wet season.

    "The storms, floods, operational mine stoppages and disruptions of the past few years should serve as a warning to be prepared: both on and off site. This bulletin is a re-issue of the timely warnings published in December 2011(Safety Bulletin 114) and in November 2012 (Safety Bulletin 126).

  • The NSW Department of Resources has circulated information about a new searchable mine safety database.

    NSW Mine Safety has an archive of Safety Alerts and Safety Bulletins dating back to 1998. You can quickly find the alert or bulletin you need by searching for key words and phrases. Refine your search word by using single or multiple words, eg electric or electric shock.

    You can find the safety database by clicking on the Safety Search box on either the home page or the Safety Alerts or Safety Bulletins pages.

  • General Secretary, Andrew Vickers, has written to Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten to demand no further expansion of the Comcare workers compensation scheme, which he says was not designed to adequately cover coalminers.

    Mr Vickers has referred the Minister to the ACTU's submission, where it has submitted that the Act should be amended to prevent the granting of any new Comcare licences.

    He also states: