Mining communities throughout Australia are on alert after confirmation of Australia’s first case of Black Lung disease in an open cut coal mine worker at BHP Billiton’s Goonyella Riverside Mine in Central Queensland’s Bowen Basin.

Mr Paul Head reported that in his 31 years working as an open cut coal miner who has never worked underground,  he had only ever  received one chest x-ray when he first started working in the   mines. CFMEU Mining and Energy Division Queensland District President Stephen Smyth, said workers and…