Read the full submission from the CFMEU to the National Senate Inquiry here.
For decades the Australian coal mining industry lead the world in its elimination of black lung disease, or coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP). Australia was praised for have some of the best practice approaches to occupational health and safety in our mines.
But that has been destroyed with the recent diagnosis of multiple cases of the disease in Queensland.
The CFMEU hopes that the Senate Health Committee, and other inquiries, will result in an overhaul of both Queensland site dust compliance systems and worker health monitoring so that CWP is prevented, and that workers currently suffering CWP are properly diagnosed, treated, compensated and cared for. Australia’s public health system – adequately funded – will be an essential element in this effort.
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