This report contains the findings and recommendations of the Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis (CWP) Select Committee (committee) of the Queensland Parliament on its inquiry into the re-identification of CWP in Queensland. The committee found that there has been a catastrophic failure, at almost every level, of the regulatory system intended to protect the health and safety of coal workers in Queensland.
As a result of that failure, 21 Queensland coal miners have now been diagnosed with CWP – an insidious but entirely preventable disease. Many more coal miners are likely to be diagnosed with this latent onset disease in future. Significant reform of the regulatory framework for coal mining in Queensland is urgently needed.