Mine dust lung diseases

Mine dust lung diseases (MDLD) are caused by long-term exposure to high concentrations of respirable dust, generated during mining and quarrying activities.

MDLD include a range of occupational lung conditions including:

  • coal workers' pneumoconiosis (CWP)
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • silicosis
  • asbestosis.

The Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME) has been working closely with the Queensland Office of Industrial Relations to capture workers' compensation data to accurately understand the prevalence of the disease across the coal, minerals and quarrying industries.

In order to have a complete picture of occupational lung disease in the mining industry, DNRME reports on all confirmed cases of MDLD.

*There are 4 cases of CWP within the Multiple MDLD category. Total reported cases of CWP is 35.

**There are 4 cases of silicosis within the Multiple MDLD category. Total reported cases of silicosis is 18.

Multiple MDLD: More than one type of MDLD has been diagnosed.

Other MDLD: Another type of MDLD or the specific type of lung disease is to be confirmed.

Data represents known cases since 1984, when Doctors Rathus and Abrahams completed the last comprehensive survey of the coal mining workforce, to the current date.

Find out more about the Queensland Government's response to coal workers' pneumoconiosis.


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