Ipswich black lung sufferer Percy Verrall is dealing with the health effects of a lifetime working in underground coal mines.
Ipswich black lung sufferer Percy Verrall is dealing with the health effects of a lifetime working in underground coal mines.

Coal miner's disease focus for Senate hearings

QUEENSLAND black lung disease sufferers, mining and health experts are due to give evidence this morning to a powerful Senate committee investigating the recent re-emergence of the disease in Queensland after 30 years.

Black lung disease is the term used to describe coal workers' pneumoconiosis, which is caused by prolonged exposure to coal dust.

Queensland is the only state where black lung has re-emerged, despite extensive coal mining in New South Wales and Victoria, as well as Queensland.

It was eliminated from Queensland for 30 years until September 2015, when it was reported in a few paragraphs in an annual report from the Queensland Mines Inspectorate.

"The first case of coal workers' pneumoconiosis in a Queensland coal miner in 30 years was reported this year," Queensland's Mines Inspector Paul Harrison says on page 3 of his report.

Brisbane Times


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