Safety push aims to cut Qld mine deaths

The offence of industrial manslaughter may soon be applied to Queensland's mining industry after a spate of deaths.

Mines Minister Anthony Lynham says he's actively considering the move, after emergency talks sparked by six deaths at Queensland mines and quarry sites over the past year.

Wednesday's talks also resulted in an agreement to re-educate the state's 50,000 mine and quarry workers about deadly workplace risks by the end of August.

Unions say there's now recognition by government and industry that the culture around safety must change.

"We have achieved a commitment to tackle reckless behaviour in the workplace, and to put industrial manslaughter laws on the table," CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland President Steve Smyth said after the talks.

"We cannot, however, afford to fail. Too many lives have been lost already."

The Queensland Resources Council, which joined the talks, has welcomed the new safety drive, describing the current situation as "extraordinarily serious".

The council says any laws that would expose sector workers to the offence of industrial manslaughter must be carefully drafted.

"Workers may go to jail as a result of this legislation," QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane said.

Two independent reviews have been ordered after a spate of deaths, the latest on the weekend when Jack Gerdes, 27, died after being injured by an excavator at a central Queensland coal mine.

One review will look into coal mine fatalities since 2000, and the other into current health and safety legislation.


WARNING: Severe storms developing over Burnett region

Premium Content WARNING: Severe storms developing over Burnett region

THE Burnett region is in the firing line of a severe storm. MORE DETAILS ON WHEN IT...

Man clocks child in the face, lands in Kingaroy Court

Premium Content Man clocks child in the face, lands in Kingaroy Court

Painful pressure on old 'crush' injury blamed for outburst

STOLEN: Have you seen this car and caravan?

STOLEN: Have you seen this car and caravan?

SOUTH Burnett police are on the hunt for dashcam footage, which may have captured a...