Resources community reflects on fallen miners

19 September 2018

Members of Queensland’s resources community will remember the lives of the almost 1500 workers who have died in mining operations at the Miners’ Memorial Day in Charters Towers today, said the Queensland Resources Council (QRC).

QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane, who is attending the annual event, said it was the sector’s top priority to make sure each and every one of the men and women working in resources goes home safely.

“The safety of the men and women working in the resources sector is of fundamental importance and our members have an unwavering commitment to ensure all workers return home to their families at the end of every day or every shift.

“The date for our commemoration marks the anniversary of the tragic loss of 75 miners at a coal mine at Mount Mulligan, almost 100 years ago – in 1921.

“In the intervening decades our industry has been steadily enhanced by technology improvements that eliminate the gravest of safety risks.

“Just like another of the great primary industries – agriculture – the fundamental nature of our sector means we must be vigilant about safety risks and constantly work to continue our focus on safety.

“We must continue to carry the safety message in our mindset and daily work routines.

“Mining is part of our history, but it will also be an essential part of our future.

“By making sure safety remains the most important objective not only in every crib room, but also in every board room, we will ensure our extended mining family stays safe every day while we continue to build an even greater Queensland.”

Media contact: Anthony Donaghy 0412 450 360