Another Queensland coal worker has been diagnosed with coal worker’s pneumoconiosis, also known as black lung, Queensland Natural Resources and Mines Minister, Dr Anthony Lynham, has announced.
Speaking in the state parliament, the minister said that a 55 yr old underground miner from central Queensland had been confirmed as having the disease. The miner has worked underground for 28 yrs.
“It’s critical that government, industry and unions continue our work together to tackle the re-emergence of this disease,” said Dr Lynham.
“I commit hear again in this House to take whatever action is required to protect the health and safety of our coal miners.”
The worker was diagnosed with black lung after an x-ray offered by his employer to all employees late last year, following the emergence of a number of cases of the disease. It takes the number of cases in the state to seven.
Edited by Jonathan Rowland.
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