Black lung diagnosis flags need for extended safety standards: AMA

The Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines has officially confirmed the diagnosis of the first case of the potentially deadly black lung disease in a worker from an open cut mine sparking concerns across the industry. Coal worker’s pneumoconiosis (CWP) is caused by breathing in coal dust, and was thought to have been eradicated until late last year when coalminer Paul Head was diagnosed with the condition. Mr Head had worked at BMA’s Goonyella Riverside Mine, near Moranbah, for more than 30 years and his diagnosis confirmed that it was not only underground miners who were affected, as previously…
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