Anglo American Grosvenor Mine. Picture: Tara Miko
Anglo American Grosvenor Mine. Picture: Tara Miko

Moranbah explosion could trigger tougher safety laws

THE Moranbah mine explosion that critically injured five underground coal miners could be a catalyst for further change across the resources sector.

Mines Minister Anthony Lynham, who is in Moranbah today, has demanded answers as to how the explosion at Grosvenor Mine occurred.

Dr Lynham said a board of inquiry was on the table, with the possibility of further strengthening already rigid safety laws in the resources sector.

"The government wants answers; the families of these miners want answers; Queenslanders want answers," he said.

"Mines inspectors are already investigating this incident and I expect a full and thorough investigation.

"However, I can also ask an inquiry to look at the broader issue of other instances of sparking, ignition or fire across the industry.

"If there's a broader safety issue here that we can identify and act on now, that's what this government will do."

Dr Lynham said legislation was before State Parliament to make industrial manslaughter an offence in mines and quarries.

He said he would brief Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk once he had received advice in relation to the Grosvenor Mine explosion.

"The ongoing deaths and serious injuries are simply not acceptable," Dr Lynham said.

"Queensland has the world's toughest mine safety and health laws.

"This government has put in place sweeping reforms to toughen those laws, to boost the mines inspectorate and increase penalties.

"I will continue to do everything in my power to ensure our mine workers go home at the end of shift to (their) family and friends."