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Safety performance reports and statistics

The following reports and data provide insights into the health and safety performance of Queensland's mining and quarrying industries, and the activities of the Queensland Mines Inspectorate.

Mines and quarries safety performance and health reports

Cover of the Queensland mines and quarries safety performance and health reportThis report analyses industry performance using accident and incident data collected from Queensland mines and quarries on an ongoing basis.

The performance measures aim to focus the attention on areas of safety and health priority and encourage implementation of strategies to further improve safety and health performance.

Safety statistics

The following data is based on statistics collected by us from mines and quarry sites throughout Queensland. For more information on how data is collected and analysed, read the Queensland mines and quarries safety performance and health report or email

Incident frequency rates

Incident frequency rates data shows the quarterly frequency rates for serious accidents, high potential incidents, recordable injuries, lost-time injuries and disabling injuries for each major industry sector, for the period 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2020.

Worker numbers

Mining industry worker numbers data shows the number of workers by mine and sector, as of 30 June 2020.

Lost-time injuries/diseases

This data covers occurrences that resulted in fatalities, permanent disability or time lost from work of 1 shift or more. Data is categorised by body part affected, hazards identified, injury type, major equipment, mechanism of injury, occurrence class and worksite location.

Lost-time injuries (LTI) and diseases in Queensland mines, 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2019

Sector LTI breakdown LTI trend graphs
Surface coal (XLS, 117KB)(XLS, 150KB)
Underground coal (XLS, 111KB)(XLS, 143KB)
Surface minerals (XLS, 97KB)(XLS, 135KB)
Underground minerals (XLS, 95KB)(XLS, 141KB)
Quarries (XLS, 94KB)(XLS, 137KB)

High-potential incidents

This data covers events that cause, or have the potential to cause, a significant adverse effect on the safety or health of a person. Data is categorised by hazards identified, incident type, major equipment and worksite location.

High-potential incidents (HPI) in Queensland mines, 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2019

Sector HPI breakdown HPI trend graphs
Surface coal (XLS, 108KB)(XLS, 91KB)
Underground coal (XLS, 112KB)(XLS, 91KB)
Surface minerals (XLS, 79KB)(XLS, 91KB)
Underground minerals (XLS, 71KB)(XLS, 79KB)
Quarries (XLS, 70KB)(XLS, 78KB)

Serious accidents

This data covers events that cause the death of a person or a person to be admitted to a hospital as an in-patient for treatment for the injury. Data is categorised by hazards identified, major equipment and worksite location.

Serious accidents (SA) in Queensland mines, 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2019

Sector SA breakdown SA trend graphs
Surface coal (XLS, 88.5KB)(XLS, 91KB)
Underground coal (XLS, 83KB)(XLS, 85KB)
Surface minerals (XLS, 60KB)(XLS, 81KB)
Underground minerals (XLS, 56KB)(XLS, 76KB)
Quarries (XLS, 63.5KB)(XLS, 75KB)

Mine site safety performance

This data provides a range of performance measures for individual mines.

Safety performance of individual mine sites, 2016–17 to 2018–19

Sector Download data
Surface coal (XLS, 670KB)
Underground coal (XLS, 402KB)
Surface minerals (XLS, 201KB)
Underground minerals (XLS, 91KB)
Quarries (XLS, 335KB)

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