Dust strikes again
Two new cases of dust disease have been detected in
NSW with the NSW Resources Regulator investigating the
One case involves a worker who has been diagnosed with mixed dust
pneumoconiosis while the other relates to a worker diagnosed with a
confirmed case of simple silicosis.
The Resources Regulator's CCO, Anthony Keon, said both workers were
detected through health surveillance screening, which is provided to all
current and retired coal workers as part of the NSW regulatory framework.
“Ensuring the appropriate management of airborne contaminants has been a
key priority for the Resources Regulator and the detection of two confirmed
cases of dust diseases is of significant concern,” Mr Keon said.
“The priority is to ensure these workers are getting the best possible
level of support and care – and ensuring that airborne containments are
actively being controlled throughout the NSW mining industry.”
“We are investigating each case and will look closely to see if there were
breaches of the work health and safety laws. We want to reduce the chances
of dust disease occurring in the future and this investigation may help us
determine learnings to further strengthen our regulatory framework to prevent
these types of cases developing.”
These cases are a reminder to all in our industry to always follow the correct
procedures. If you have any concerns about your wellbeing contact Coal