The mining industry presents occupational hazards that are more diverse and more extreme than most other industries. Miners are exposed to numerous hazards in the workplace, such as electrical hazards, flooding, explosive agents, the risk of asphyxia, face and roof collapses, noise, exposure to dust and in some cases, poor illumination and ventilation.
Limited information is available on a national basis regarding the incidence and circumstances of mining fatalities in Australia. National compensation statistics provide an insight into the number of mining fatalities that occur. However, these statistics do have shortcomings.