“I hope the Committee will become a valuable resource to help government, business and individuals to reduce and prevent incidents that too often are proven avoidable.”
Jo Ufer is Chairperson of A Miner's Legacy Foundation, formed to provide support to those families affected by mining fatalities.
Jo's son Joshua, 25, was one of 29 men killed in a mine explosion at Pike River mine in New Zealand in 2010. Born and raised in Queensland, Joshua was keen to travel and work in another country, so when the opportunity arose for him to work in New Zealand he jumped at the chance. Joshua left behind devastated parents, a sister, girlfriend and an unborn child, who he never had the chance to meet.
While the explosion that caused Joshua's death occurred in New Zealand, there have been 25 workers killed in the resource industry across Australia, including five in Queensland, over the past two years.
Jo joined the interim committee to provide support and assistance to people affected by workplace fatalities and serious injuries, particularly in navigating the stressful processes involved in the aftermath.
Jo Ufer and her son Joshua
- Last updated
- 26 November 2019