Safety reports show 61 incidents involved a vehicle, 25 were deemed “mechanical”, 16 involved explosives and 35 included the risk of fire.
Safety reports show 61 incidents involved a vehicle, 25 were deemed “mechanical”, 16 involved explosives and 35 included the risk of fire.

'189 near-misses in May'

AT LEAST 189 mine or quarry workers in Queensland had serious accidents or significant near-misses in May, according to new statistics released by the state government.

In this latest report, 61 incidents involved a vehicle, 25 were deemed "mechanical", 16 involved explosives and 35 included the risk of fire.

One worker reportedly was spotted installing mesh panels on a conveyor belt walkway without anything to protect him from a fall.

He was working 25m above the ground.

Another miner suffered cuts to his lower back after 200kg of rock fell onto him as he climbed from a machine.

The statistics are compiled from safety reports delivered to the state government from mine management, safety staff and workers.

The dates of the incidents are not released in an effort to encourage workers and mines to be open about on-site incidents



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