Safety Zone

  • Pike River Disaster judgement underlines ACTU’s call for action on workers deaths

    Our Union is backing the ACTU’s call for the introduction of industrial manslaughter laws made on the 28 April to mark International Workers Memorial Day when workers throughout the world paid their respects to the thousands of people killed on the job every year.

  • Fatality report from the Mine Safety and Health Administration (USA)

    Six different coal mining accidents occurred within the recent 25-day period; four in West Virginia, one in Kentucky and one in Illinois. Four of the accidents were at underground mines and two occurred at surface mines.

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  • 20 November 2012

    aces1Fatigue, illness and stressed partners are some of the potential impacts of shift work in the mining industry revealed in a major new study released today.

    The first wave of findings from the Australian Coal and Energy Survey conducted by researchers at Griffith University goes some way to explaining why shift lengths and rostering are becoming hot button issues for mine workers, says the CFMEU Mining and Energy Union.

    As the mining industry continues to expand, mine managers should pay attention to the research showing that shift work and workers’ ability to have a say over their working hours had far-reaching implications for their physical and mental health and family lives.

  • memorialThe rise of insecure work in Australia over the past few decades has made employees less able to speak up for their rights and workplaces less safe, say unions.

    ACTU President Ged Kearney said a constantly changing workforce often meant that safe systems of work were not fully-implemented, and casual, contract and labour hire workers were also less likely to speak up if they thought something was unsafe because they feared the sack.

  • If you have been randomly selected by the ACE-S team to participate in the Australian Coal and Energy Survey (ACE-S), and haven’t sent back your completed questionnaires, please don’t forget to do so now.
    The survey is well under way. Members from across Australia are using the opportunity to give us their feedback on how work conditions are effecting them and their families—both positively and negatively.
    ACE-S is funded by the Australian Research Council and the CFMEU-Mining, and is being conducted independently by a team of experts from Griffith University.  The research team are keen to make the results as representative of the views of the membership as possible, and THERE IS STILL TIME to send your views in.

  • The world’s largest long-term study of coal miners and energy workers is underway.  A CFMEU-sponsored university project is looking at wellbeing in coal mining communities.

  • Consultation time on new national safety laws has been slashed from six months to eight weeks, exposing mineworkers to the likelihood that some state safety regulations will be watered down unnoticed.

    Of major concern to the CFMEU Mining Union are reductions for air and methane monitoring, escape ways not adequately provided, the banning of breathing apparatus – currently the only rescue equipment available, the reduction of inundation/inrush rules and no provision for ventilation officers.

  • As reported in Central Queensland News

    15 July 2011

    by Tara Miko And Di Stanley

    THEY’RE on six-figure salaries and there’s no doubt a soft pillow and warm bed waiting at home, but one FIFO and his mate were doing it tough this week waiting for their flights.

  • Australian coal miners call on New Zealand PM to commit to recovery of Pike River mine victims, including two Australians who perished.

    The Australian coal miners union, the CFMEU, today called on New Zealand Prime Minister John Key for an unconditional commitment that any sale of the Pike River mine would guarantee the recovery of the remains of the 29 miners killed there on 19 November last year.

  • Congratulations to Glen Barber, a member of our Union at the Loy Yang Power Station in Victoria, has won "Best individual contribution to workplace health and safety" in the recent annual Safe Work Australia Awards.

    Glen has worked in the power industry for 35 years, and in 2002, frustrated with the condition of plant and how it affected operations personnel, put his hand up to become a Health and Safety Rep. He noted that "there is a growing network of good safety orientated people where I work doing their utmost to provide a safe working environment."