Board of inquiry mooted after Grosvenor explosion
Five men were airlifted to Brisbane for treatment - four in a critical condition - after suffering severe burns in the explosion at the Anglo American site on Wednesday.
A Queensland Mines Inspectorate (QMI) team led by the deputy chief inspector is investigating the gas ignition event that caused their injuries.
Speaking in Moranbah yesterday (May 7), Dr Lynham said he had asked for urgent advice about establishing a board of inquiry.
“The government wants answers; the families of these miners want answers; Queenslanders want answers,” he said.
“Mines inspectors are already investigating this incident and I expect a full and thorough investigation.
“However, I can also ask an inquiry to look at the broader issue of other instances of sparking, ignition or fire across the industry.
“If there’s a broader safety issue here that we can identify and act on now, that’s what this government will do.”
A QMI spokesman said the team was working with Anglo American, which was preparing a risk assessment for a planned safe mine re-entry.
To assist with the ongoing investigation, a 3D scanner has been mobilised from SIMTARS to survey and map the incident scene for further analysis during the investigation.
Dr Lynham said protecting workers was a hallmark of Labor Governments and the ongoing deaths and serious injuries within the Queensland mining industry were simply not acceptable.
“Queensland has the world’s toughest mine safety and health laws,” he said.
“This government has put in place sweeping reforms to toughen those laws, to boost the mines inspectorate and increase penalties.
“We have legislation before the Parliament to make industrial manslaughter an offence in mines and quarries.
“I will continue to do everything in my power to ensure our mine workers go home at the end of shift to the family and friends.”
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