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									                                  Townsville Bulletin                                     Brief: QRC
                                  Tuesday 25/8/2009
                                  Page: 6
                                  Section: General News
                                  Region: Townsville QLD Circulation: 27,263
                                  Type: Regional
                                  Size: 172.63 sq.cms.
                                  Published: MTWTFS-




Mine
bid to
save
lives
By JESSICA JOHNSTON      Bell said three out of it out there to let people
                         the four mining indus- see what is available
LIFE-SAVING techno- try deaths in Queens- and giving them a
logy will soon be fitted land last year involved reasonable time to look
                                                                                 ence yesterday
                                                                                 nationally consistent
                                                                                 legislation was needed
                                                                                 to ensure better safety
to mining vehicles in vehicles.                  at what they might put          outcomes.
North Queensland in a      One mine worker has in.                                Mr Bell said harmon-
bid to stem the number  already died in the If they don't, then we ising legislation would
of deaths.              Townsville area this will legislate it.     allow data and research
  About 600 mining in- year, after his truck  "It's not the silver into safety incidents to
dustry delegates are in plummeted 30m down a bullet - it won't stop be shared more rapidly.
Townsville for the cliff at Roseneath everything, but it will Scientist and science
annual Mine Health quarry last month.         stop some."              broadcaster Karl
and Safety Conference,     -A lot of fatalities in-
                                                Mr Bell said suppliers Kruszelnicki yesterday
at which safety         volved large vehicles had demonstrated chaired the safety inno-
measures to better pro- colliding with other available technologies vations awards judging,
tect mine workers are large vehicles, smaller at meetings in Black- with winners to be an-
being discussed.         vehicles or ped-                Mackay and nounced at a dinner to-
  Employees will be estrians," Mr Bell said. water andin Townsville night.
                                               would be
briefed next week on a     "This is technology next Tuesday and Wed- The shipping, oil and
plan to introduce detec- that electronically nesday.                 gas industries joined
tion technology to ve- monitors movement, so National Mine Safety the conference, sharing
hicles on mine sites.everyone knows where Framework Steering some of their health
  Queensland Mine    everyone else is.                        Clive
Safety and Health It hasn't been legis- Group chair confer- and safety ideas.
Commissioner Stewart lated yet, we are putting Brown told the




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