New road safety guidelines for mine workers

NEW road safety guidelines for mine workers driving to and from mining sites will be launched this evening by Resources and Energy Minister Chris Hartcher.

Mr Hartcher is the guest of honour at a NSW Minerals Council conference dinner tonight at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley at Cessnock.

Federal shadow finance spokesman Andrew Robb will address the conference tomorrow morning.

More than 550 people are expected to attend the conference, which runs until lunchtime Wednesday.

Minerals NSW chief executive Stephen Galilee said the guidelines had been developed by the council as part of the Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue.

Mr Hartcher said safe driving was an important part of the coal industry's effort to improve its safety record.

"The new recommended guidelines encourage NSW mining companies to ensure their employees are maintaining safe practices not only when driving to and from mining operations but at all times," Mr Hartcher said.

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