Industrial manslaughter laws may be extended to mining industry

The Queensland Government will consider expanding industrial manslaughter laws to the resources sector, which could lead to mining bosses being fined up to $10 million.

The development comes after crisis talks  with the mining sector, following the deaths of six workers in Queensland’s mines and quarries in the past 12 months, capping off a horror year for the industry.

Brisbane Times is reporting Queensland Natural Resources Minister Anthony Lynham invited about 70 people to the meeting. These included senior executives from mining companies Rio, BHP, Adani and Glencore Coal. Union groups, the Queensland Resources Council, the state’s independent Mines Safety and Health Commissioner and the Chief Inspector of Mines also attended.

In a joint communique issued after the meeting, it was revealed the industry and state government had agreed to work together on reforms to strengthen safety culture in the resources sector.

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