Statement from the Queensland Mines Inspectorate (QMI)
The QMI would like to take this opportunity to clarify some of the issues raised in News Limited Papers (10 October 2019)
The 11,500 high potential incidents (HPI) reported by the Queensland mining industry over the six year period from Financial Year 2013-14 is a reflection of a mature reporting culture with strong regulatory oversight. Workers and companies should not be discouraged from reporting incidents as they provide important learning opportunities which in turn drives safety culture. Industry statistics are published here https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industries/mining-energy-water/resources/safety-health/mining/accidents-incidents/serious-accidents
All incident data is scrutinised by the QMI and made publicly available in periodical reports and presentations to industry. This data drives the QMI's compliance program, of which information sharing, engagement and education form a critical part.
While more than 85 per cent of HPIs over this six year period did not involve injury to any worker, the QMI focuses its attention on those incidents that can result in serious injury.
It is important when reporting on the serious issue of worker safety that information is presented with context and in a way that accurately informs workers and the community.
For further QMI safety information please visit https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industries/mining-energy-water/resources/safety-health
Last updated 11 October 2019