Inspectorate beefs up

THE Queensland Mines Inspectorate has added a number of inspectors to its force to strengthen and improve the safety and health performance of the mining industry.
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Angie Tomlinson

The four new inspectors are already on the job throughout central and northern Queensland.

Doug White has been appointed the new safety and health central region manager based in Rockhampton.

Before joining the department, White managed several underground coal mines in Queensland, and was director of a Queensland safety company.

He has 30 years experience in the underground coal mining industry in Queensland and the United Kingdom.

The new senior inspector of mines, Tilman Rasche, has considerable experience in the mining industry, and risk management in safety and health.

North Region inspection officer Steven Firth is based at Townsville where he will focus on compliance with mine safety legislation, particularly improved safety procedures in small mines and quarries, and opencut coal mines in the northern Bowen Basin.

Firth has 10 years experience in coal mining.

Damian Lee is the new North Region inspector of mines, based in Mount Isa.