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SB 92 Severe weather events

Safety bulletin 92

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This notice provides guidance and strong recommendations to SSEs on actions to ensure that risk of injury is at an acceptable level.

Normally, between October and April, severe summer storms can be expected in Queensland. In recent years, the rapid onset of severe, often localised, ‘mini cyclone’ type storms has caused serious injury and destroyed property at mines. This can be mitigated when mining organisations operate effective systems, incorporating safe refuges for mineworkers, adequate warnings and persons trained to respond to those warnings.

The latest severe weather event caused serious injury at a coal mine, resulting in a ‘postal’ mine record entry (basically worded as below) and a directive being issued to the site senior executives (SSEs) of all operating coal mines. Also, in some cases, operators of metalliferous mines and quarries were contacted by their regional Inspectorate, particularly regarding the need to have an operational emergency response plan for severe weather events, including a system to adequately secure ‘dongas’ and similar buildings.

In this bulletin, both generally and specifically relevant references are made to the:

  • Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Act 1999 (MQSHA)
  • Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Regulation 2001 (MQSHR)
  • Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999 (CMSHA)
  • Coal Mining Safety and Health Regulation 2001 (CMSHR).


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Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation


Queensland Government


7 Jan 2010

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