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Surge in coal industry accidents spurs online safety initiative | MINING.com

Surge in coal industry accidents spurs online safety initiative | MINING.com | OHS in the Mining Industry | Scoop.it
The Queensland coal sector saw a surge in mining-related accidents and injuries in 2012.

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Rachel Stronach's curator insight, March 1, 2014 3:01 AM

I am glad that the ACARP have finally realised the importance of communication.

Narelle McMahon's curator insight, March 10, 2014 7:22 AM

interesting read

Glen Evans's curator insight, March 11, 2014 2:08 PM

Education not only for the workers in the mining industry but also the industry itself is paramount in achieving a safer environment and by pooling information and initiatives such as in this article, can only improve safety practices across the mining communities. 

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Mining safety top priority

Mining safety top priority | OHS in the Mining Industry | Scoop.it
THE mining industry will make safety a priority this year with several mine safety programs already under way in Australian mines.
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It is so good to see top bosses endorsing Occupational Health and Safety regulations in their companies. If everyone has a strict set of guidelines to follow, then damage to equipment, serious injury or fatality could be averted on the mine site.  

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Mining Safety | Noise-induced hearing loss protection and Mining Safety

Mining Safety | Noise-induced hearing loss protection and Mining Safety | OHS in the Mining Industry | Scoop.it
Mining Safety health, tips, education, information and advice (Noise-induced hearing loss protection and Mining Safety http://t.co/Npn0ZxdH...)...
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There are many precautions that can be taken to prevent hearing damage in the mining industry. Complying with hearing PPE requirements such as ear plugs and ear muffs will limit noise as a hazard. The mine site is full of noisy equipment and as with anything prevention is better than cure.    

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Lyle Dighton's curator insight, March 14, 2014 8:06 AM

A visual indicator as to the noise hazards which exist in mining operations. The diagram compares occupational and non - occupational noise levels to compare how noise producers compare with each other. A diagram like the one in the article is a good representation of OHS facts and figures.  

Nick Maidment's OHS Quest's curator insight, June 11, 2014 6:02 AM

Its all too often forgotten that we can't regain our hearing once its lost. Remember to look after your ears and your fellow work mates.

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BHP said to have discovered vast copper deposit in Western Australia - MINING.com

BHP said to have discovered vast copper deposit in Western Australia - MINING.com | OHS in the Mining Industry | Scoop.it
MINING.com BHP said to have discovered vast copper deposit in Western Australia MINING.com BHP Billiton (ASX, NYSE: BHP)(LON: BLT), the world's biggest mining company, is said to have made a significant copper discovery in the remote West...

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As Australia’s mining boom continues to flourish, new mines are opening up everywhere. Although mining can be a great stimulus for the economy, it also has a great impact on the ecological health of the areas they are located. I know from working at Gregory Crinum Coal mine in Central Queensland that mining can affect ecosystems and the organisms living within them. The “Crinum” bird native to the area Gregory Crinum mine is located, has had its population impacted on greatly. Hopefully the discovery of this new copper deposit will not impact on the Health of ecosystems within that area.       

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West Virginia Coal Mining Disaster kills at least 25 at troubled mine

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In the case of the West Virginia mining Disaster, many safety precautions were not taken to adequately ventilate the mine to stop methane gas build ups. It was noted in a safety inspection of the mine prior to the disaster that many safety breaches had occurred. As a result 25 miners were killed in a terrible explosion.  

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Diamond Mining: Inside Earth's Gigantic Holes

Oct.2 (Bloomberg) -- From detonation to diamonds. Alrosa is the world's largest diamond producer you've never heard of, and Bloomberg's Ryan Chilcote been gi...
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What an extraordinary place to live and work. Occupational Health and Safety would play an extremely important role in this mine as many precautions would need to be taken to maintain safety standards at all times. With blasts, drilling and uncontrolled ground movement a constant hazard, there would be little room for human error and preventative measures would be taken to prevent injury and fatality.   

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More safety inspectors for troubled WA mines

More safety inspectors for troubled WA mines | OHS in the Mining Industry | Scoop.it
MORE safety inspectors will be hired to police the mining industry in WA.
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Making money should never take precedence over human life. It is worrying that such large mining operations need to be monitored so closely. You’d think in 2014 that mining organizations would have Occupational Health and Safety standards down pat by now. Clearly we still have quite a substantial way to go before short cuts stop being taken.

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Spotlight on mining safety - Speaking of Safety

Spotlight on mining safety - Speaking of Safety | OHS in the Mining Industry | Scoop.it
A mine rescue team carries out a simulation during the 2010 Mine Rescue and First Aid Competition in BC. I read a story in OHS Magazine Online about a mining safety program in the US. The Brookwood-Sago grant program ...
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By simulating rescues, this mine rescue team will know how to respond effectively in the event of a disaster. This precaution taken by the mine with Occupational Health and Safety in mind is in the best interest of the company and its employees.

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Nick Maidment's OHS Quest's curator insight, June 11, 2014 6:06 AM

I cant reccomend it enough, get stuck into an emergency practice situation, you dont know when you'll need to undertake the real thing in life.

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MP calls for inquiry into Sugarloaf mining disaster - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

MP calls for inquiry into Sugarloaf mining disaster - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | OHS in the Mining Industry | Scoop.it
An Independent MP wants an inquiry into the NSW government's handling of a mining company's destruction of part of a conservation area near Newcastle.

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If a mining disaster doesn’t directly impact on the health of an individual, this does not mean that Occupational Health and Safety procedures haven’t been breached. The Sugarloaf mining Disaster has impacted on the water and air quality of conservation areas. Residents living near to these areas could suffer adverse health affects from contaminated water sources. This highlights just how important it is to have agencies enforcing the compliance of Occupational Health and Safety standards.  

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[TRAGIC] Ghana Mining Disaster: One Year-Old Girl, Parents Die In Pit

[TRAGIC] Ghana Mining Disaster: One Year-Old Girl, Parents Die In Pit | OHS in the Mining Industry | Scoop.it
A one-year-old girl, her parents and two others have been killed after a ‘galamsey’ (illegal mining) pit caved in on them at Akokonso..... By: Kwame D...
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When we think of mining, we often picture huge mining corporations digging massive holes in the earth and profiting large amounts of money from their operations. Many third world countries however also engage in mining endeavors. Unfortunately, Occupational Health and Safety standards in third world countries aren’t strictly regulated by their governments, often leaving people vulnerable. The Ghana mining disaster is a perfect example of this.   

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US coal miner to pay largest-ever water pollution penalty | MINING ...

US coal miner to pay largest-ever water pollution penalty | MINING ... | OHS in the Mining Industry | Scoop.it
Coal miner Alpha Natural Resources will have to spend $200 million on installations and upgrades and pay a record-breaking $27 million fine as per a legal settlement reached with the US Environmental Protection Agency ...
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This article reinforces the fact that Occupational Health and Safety as a discipline extends further then just catering for the safety of humans. Protecting the environment is also a huge factor in Occupational Health and Safety. Clearly this mining company thought they could cut corners, a little difficult when there are so many environmental monitoring agencies today.  

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