Qld black lung cases shatters faith in state's safety system

THE Queensland government is reviewing its screening of black lung disease after three underground coal mine workers have been found to have contracted the disease – news that further blights that state’s recent poor record on safety and non-compliance of dust control.

The number of mines with dust levels at or above legal limits had increased six-fold between 2012 and 2014, according to data from the Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines.