The last twelve months have been the deadliest year in Queensland for two decades, but it has been found that safety meetings have not happened because an advisory committee could not fulfill a gender quota.
Jack Gerdes, 27, became the sixth miner who died on Queensland on Sunday in a one-year period when he became entangled in an excavator ladder at the Baralaba North Coal Mine.
It has since come to light that the Coal Mine Safety and Health Advisory Committee did not meet for four months because it was not the right & # 39; gender representation & # 39; had, The Australian reported.
The Queen of Queensland Queen, Anthony Lynham, said the committee had to be reinstated this week after the two most recent deaths, but admitted that the board had not met since March and was forced to cancel its meeting in June.
One of the fatalities was the 47-year-old Bradley Hardwick (photo) who died in an underground collision in Anglo American's Moranbah North mine in February.
& # 39; You must ensure that gender representation is respected, & # 39; said Dr. Lynham.
& # 39; Due to the importance of the appointments, that has been difficult, so the committee was recently reinstated. & # 39;
Opposition leader Deb Frecklington described the situation as & # 39; ridiculous & # 39; and & # 39; disgusting & # 39 ;.
& # 39; It's so gobsmacking and unbelievable that the minister would put it in place to ensure that there is 50 percent representation of women on (the) safety committee above the safety of men and women in the mines – it's just unacceptable, & # 39; she told ABC radio.
& # 39; Tragically, we have had more and more deaths in mines and something needs to be given. & # 39;
Queensland mines Minister Anthony Lynham (photo) said the committee had to be reinstated this week after the two most recent deaths, but admitted that the board had not met since March and had to cancel its meeting in June
One of the fatalities was the 47-year-old Bradley Hardwick who died in an underground collision in Anglo American's Moranbah North mine in February.
Mr. Gerdes died in the morning of July 7.
Ian Macfarlane, CEO of the Queensland Resources Council, said his organization nominated two women six months ago Courier mail reported.
& # 39; I'm not sure why that committee didn't work, & # 39; he said.
But the Stephen Smyth of the CFMEU said the two nominated women did not have the required & # 39; competences & # 39; available.
He also advised the mining industry in Queensland to stop thinking about safety for 24 hours, and that the mining inspectors needed more money for safety checks.
& # 39; There is a drive for productivity at the expense of everything … and no consistent approach to risk assessment, & # 39; he said.
In the light of the fatalities, the Queensland Government has expanded an independent mine health and safety investigation to review all fatal incidents in mines and quarries in the last 20 years.
QUEEN MY PROOF IN PREVIOUS 12 MONTHS
July 7, 2019: Jack Gerdes, 27, Baralaba North Coal Mine
26 June 2019: David Routledge, 55, Middlemount coal mine
February 2, 2019: Bradley Hardwick, 47, Moranbah North Mine
December 31, 2018: Allan Houston, Saraji Open Cut Coal Mine
November 15, 2018: Really fatally wounded at a quarry near Clermont
July 29, 2018: Articulated dump truck dies in collision at a quarry near Collinsville
Forensic structural engineer Sean Brady will lead the review, which will investigate how the industry can improve.
The University of Queensland will also review mining legislation on mine health and safety to ensure that it is up-to-date with mining practices and technology.
Dr. Lynham said that all industry representatives supported the evaluations at Monday's meeting, which will be completed by the end of the year.
QRC CEO Ian Macfarlane told reporters that progress had been made.
& # 39; We will immediately start that dialogue and take action to ensure that we do everything we can so that it does not happen again, & # 39; he said after the meeting.
Several hours after death in Baralaba North, a man, 57, fell about 10 feet from a platform in Glencore & Collinsville Coal Mine.
He suffered suspected back and pelvis injuries when he fell into the coal washing area and investigates the mine inspection.
At the end of June, excavator operator David Routledge died after a wall collapsed at the Medlemount coal mine in the Isaac region.
The last 12 months were the deadliest year in two decades, but security meetings were revealed that did not take place because the board could not fulfill a gender quota (stock image)
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