HEARINGS

Hearings Schedule

The Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry postponed the public hearings into the high potential incidents of methane exceedances at Grosvenor mine, and the serious accident at that mine on 6 May 2020.

The hearings commenced on 9 March 2021

Public Hearings Focus Areas

Date
Focus Areas
Tranche 2
Week commencing 9 March 2021
  • The high potential incidents that occurred on Longwall 103 and Longwall 104 at Grosvenor mine between 1 July 2019 and 5 May 2020
  • The role of the Mines Inspectorate and its response to the high potential incidents
  • Evidence relating to the serious accident that occurred at Grosvenor mine on 6 May 2020, including evidence from a forensic fire expert
Week commencing 15 March 2021
  • Evidence from independent experts involved in investigating the serious accident at Grosvenor mine, including an examination of electrical equipment collected from the mine and geotechnical factors
  • Technical evidence from SIMTARS experts in relation to spontaneous combustion and gas chromatography
Week commencing 22 March 2021
  • Expert evidence regarding gas management including gas reservoirs and gas drainage, ventilation and spontaneous combustion systems, and the use of polyurethane resin in underground coal mines
Week commencing 29 March 2021
  • Expert evidence regarding the practice of continuous inertisation of active goafs
Week commencing 7 April
  • Expert evidence regarding spontaneous combustion and the testing of polyurethane resin
  • Evidence from a forensic explosion and fire expert
  • Evidence from an injured coal mine worker about the serious accident on 6 May 2020, and related issues
Tranche 1
Week commencing 4 August 2020
  • The role of the Inspectorate at Resources Safety and Health Queensland (RSHQ) in the regulation of safety and health issues in Queensland coal mines
  • The role played by Site and Industry Safety and Health Representatives and CFMMEU
  • The high potential incidents that occurred at Moranbah North, Grasstree and Oaky North Mines
Week commencing 10 August 2020
  • The role of the Inspectorate at Resources Safety and Health Queensland (RSHQ) in the regulation of safety and health issues in Queensland coal mines
  • The corporate and management structure of the entities operating the four coal mines and associated entities, including reporting relationships and key performance indicators
  • The role played by Site and Industry Safety and Health Representatives and CFMMEU
  • The high potential incidents that occurred at Moranbah North, Grasstree and Oaky North Mines
Week commencing 17 August 2020
  • The corporate and management structure of the entities operating the four coal mines and associated entities, including reporting relationships and key performance indicators
  • The nature of the employment relationship between workers at those mines, the operating entities and labour hire companies
  • The high potential incidents that occurred at Moranbah North, Grasstree and Oaky North Mines
  • Mining practices and technology available to manage methane
  • Skills, knowledge and experience in coal mining in Queensland