Mine Rescue Medical

When physical fitness and wellness matters.

Mines rescue operations are physically and psychologically demanding and may involve working conditions that would not normally be considered tolerable.

Toxic atmospheres and poor ventilation, along with heavy physical work such as shifting fallen material and retrieving casualties, significantly increases the risk for heat stress, particularly as heat and humidity underground may already be high.

Harbour Road Medical performs medical assessments for Queensland Coal Mines Rescue Service personnel.

A Mines Rescue medical is a more involved Coal Board Medical to ensure the person has the health and physical capacity to safely perform rescue operations.
The required tests include a personal physical fitness test, ECG (if over the age of 35) and blood tests which must meet certain criteria.

Health assessment for mines rescue personnel must be carried out:

  • Every two years for persons up to age 40, and
  • Every year for persons aged 40 and over.

The health assessment is in two parts:

  • Part A is the medical examination conducted with the approved form for the Coal Mine Workers’ Health Scheme, but applying more stringent criteria
  • Part B is the assessment of physical fitness through the VO2 max step test.

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