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Black lung parliamentary inquiry kicks off today

Public hearings for the Queensland parliamentary inquiry into black lung disease have started today, just days after it was revealed an open cut miner was diagnosed with the potentially fatal disease...

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No safe level of coal dust exposure, researchers say

There may not be a safe level of coal dust exposure, University of Melbourne researchers have suggested. Since May last year, Queensland has confirmed 15 cases of Coal Worker’s Pneumoconiosis (CWP)...

Black lung victims call for compensation levy

The Black Lung Victims Group have called for a 10 cent a tonne industry funded compensation levy. The group, which was formed last month by a group of coal mine workers who were living with the...

Fifteenth case of black lung confirmed

A fifteenth case of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis has been confirmed this week. The mine worker, who has worked in underground longwall mines for 36 years, was given the all-clear on two...

Queensland gov’t launches “attack” on black lung

Tougher coal dust controls, new and better testing, and better trained medicos are the backbone of a new regime to protect the health of the state’s 5500 underground coal miners. A day after...

BLACK LUNG: Eight cases confirmed

An eighth case of Black Lung disease has been publicly confirmed today, making it the second coal miner in less than a week to be diagnosed with the deadly disease. The contract worker, who has asked...

As many as 12 miners could have black lung, union says

A seventh case of Black Lung disease has been announced this week, with confirmation coming that the latest case is a 55-year-old miner with a long history working in Queensland coal mines. CFMEU...

BREAKING: Seventh coal miner diagnosed with black lung

Another Queensland coal worker has been diagnosed with coal worker’s pneumoconiosis, bringing the number of confirmed cases to seven. Natural Resources and Mines Minister Anthony Lynham told...