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'Noxious atmosphere' in underground mine may have suffocated worker

'Noxious atmosphere' in underground mine may have suffocated worker | OHS and Training in the Underground Mining Industry | Scoop.it
A mine worker may have suffocated in noxious atmosphere while working underground in central Queensland.
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Once again its sad to see the loss of a life that could have been prevented. More emphasis needs to be placed on the training of underground workers on ventilation and the areas they are working in. Training plays such an important role in ensuring the safety of workers.

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Risk management failures to blame for Cobar mine death - Australian Mining

Risk management failures to blame for Cobar mine death - Australian Mining | OHS and Training in the Underground Mining Industry | Scoop.it
Risk management failures to blame for Cobar mine death
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Ineffective risk management controls have been found to have contributed to the death of a worker at Glencore's CSA Copper mine.
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This is why I think the training of the workforce plays such a major role in mining safety. If the workforce are improperly trained they don't fully grasp the risks that they may be undertaking. Risk management is not something that should be just looked over briefly. A variety of the mine's workers should be included in any risk evaluation as all will have different experiences and knowledge of how everything works. Something that someone may over look will be something someone else will pick up on. Its so sad to hear of a miners death and its something I hope to never have to deal with.

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Lee P Smith's curator insight, March 24, 2015 7:23 PM

I chose this scoop as it demonstrates that a collaborative approach to risk management is imperative in the OHS process.

The scoop also reflects that even though a procedure is on place, it is not an effective, stand alone risk management strategy. 

I also questioned why the mining company did not request training and competency documentation.

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NSW Mining OHS: Taking it home

There's nothing more important to come out of a mine than our miners. That's why health and safety is the top priority in NSW Mining, which has a world class...
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Glad to see these people can take their knowledge of OHS home to their families. I know growing up as a kid my father would always ensure I would wear PPE when mowing or whipper snipping or doing anything that could harm me. If everyone takes OHS home to their families it will become embedded in everyday life not just work life. There would be far less injuries occurring around the country if everyone could just take the extra time to think about not only their safety but those around them.  

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SECURITY RISK! Miners fired for Harlem Shake dance in Australia

SECURITY RISK Miner fired for Harlem Shake Since the boss is well understood not fun: Because 15 miners in Australia underground dancing the Harlem Shake, th...
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Although many people will see this scene as harmless, there are many risks these miners are taking and personally I am glad to see that they were disciplined by being fired. If parts of the roof or rib had of collapsed none of them would have been aware to see the warning signs and injuries could have occurred. Being in an underground mine you must always maintain your awareness of hazards around you and clearly this group cannot do that!

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Queensland underground mine safety advances - Australian Mining

Queensland underground mine safety advances - Australian Mining | OHS and Training in the Underground Mining Industry | Scoop.it
Queensland underground mine safety advances Australian Mining The news comes ahead of tomorrow's Australian Mining Safety Conference to be held in Brisbane which will see the likes of QLD Mines safety inspectorate director Stewart Bell and...
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This is excellent! Its great to see that there are now better facilities coming onto the market to train inexperienced underground workers on what it is like in an underground environment. We have had a few inexperienced personnel come to our site without any prior knowledge to the sort of work they are getting into and not coping with it. In an emergency situation it will help ease the pressure if personnel know how to handle themselves and how to use the life saving equipment provided. Here's to hoping more facilities like this start developing in various locations.

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17 miners trapped underground after gas explosion at coal mine in western China - Fox Business

SFGate 17 miners trapped underground after gas explosion at coal mine in western China Fox Business In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, miner Duan Xukang receives a treatment at a hospital in Fukang City, northwest China's...
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I hope that one day China's views on safety will become in line with Australians and there are less headlines on mine collapses there. China would have to have some of the worlds most unsafe working conditions in the majority of their industries, not just mining. I have heard so many stories on mine collapses leaving people severely injured or dead. Its so sad to think that men, women and children are forced to deal with such dangerous situations on a daily basis. I am grateful for the safety laws the Australia enforces on its various industries and I hope we continue to improve on our safety.

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NSW Mining OHS: How do you look after your mates?

There's nothing more important to come out of a mine than our miners. That's why health and safety is the top priority in NSW Mining, which has a world class...
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 Its such a relief to know that so many people are so focused on not only their safety but those who are working around them. There are so many situations where someone may have been taught to do a certain job one way but someone else may know a safer way to conduct that job and its great to know that they are willing to enlighten others around them. Everyone I have spoken to at our mine always keeps an eye out for their mates. And everyone is willing to listen to someone else's idea on how the job might be done in safer manner.

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NSW Mining OHS: How has the industry changed?

Our focus on our people is what has made NSW Miners world leaders in health & safety. Hear some of our world class miners talk about what they think has chan...
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Its so great to see such a variety of the mine force interviewed in this short clip and for all of them to be behind bringing safety into the mining industry! I have found myself that when I talk to the older generations on how things were when they were in the industry to what they are now, there is such a big difference in the way safety is portrayed. Its a great feeling to know that more and more people are becoming more pro safety and less focused on just the production side of things.

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What is Pneumoconiosis?

What is Pneumoconiosis? | OHS and Training in the Underground Mining Industry | Scoop.it
Pneumoconiosis is a lung disease that is typically the result of inhaling coal dust.
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This is why PPE plays such an important role in any industry. Although PPE is the lowest form of control on the hierarchy of control methods, it still allows workers to help prevent such horrible diseases. Whilst conducting underground safety audits on workers I always ensure the men are carrying all forms of PPE on them so they are prepared for any situation they may find themselves in.   

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Mining Laws

Francene Norton looks at the new laws aimed at protecting farmland from mining.
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Being brought up in a family that not only farms but works in the mines, I am hoping that these mining laws come into place. I would hate to lose my job in the mining industry as I am passionate about OHS and training in the mining industry however, I want to ensure I have land available to me to purchase and raise my future children learning the ways of the land.

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