55yo underground miner diagnosed with black lung
ANOTHER Queensland coal worker has been diagnosed with coal worker's pneumoconiosis (black lung disease).
Natural Resources and Mines Minister Anthony Lynham told Parliament last night that a 55-year-old underground miner from central Queensland had been confirmed as having the disease.
The miner has worked underground for 28 years, mainly in Queensland.
The worker's condition was diagnosed after an X-ray offered by his employer to all employees late last year when cases began emerging.This takes the number of confirmed cases to seven.
"This underlines the importance of the five-point action plan I announced in January to help identify and prevent coal workers' pneumoconiosis," Dr Lynham said.
"It's critical that government, industry and unions continue our work together to tackle the re-emergence of this disease.
"I continue to expect full, frank and considered advice from the Coal Mining Safety and Health Advisory Committee of union, employer and departmental representatives.
"I commit here again in this House to take whatever action is required to protect the health and safety of our coal miners.
"And I'd urge any coal miner with health concerns to see their GP."