BREAKING A mineworker has died overnight at the Fitzroy Resources Carborough Downs coal mine near Moranbah in Queensland. Reports say that the mineworker received fatal injuries in an incident at 11.50 pm last night
Police and the Queensland Mines Inspectorate have been notified and the cause of the fatal mine incident is being investigated.
All operations on the site have been suspended until further notice.
Fitzroy Australia Resources CEO, Grant Polwarth says that the employee’s family have been notified.
“We are deeply saddened by this news and Fitzroy extends our deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of the worker.”
The death of the mineworker at the Carborough Downs mine takes the death toll at Queensland mines to 7 over the last eighteen months.
Fitzroy Resources said “Fitzroy takes pride in the fact that our safety systems and operational standards are aligned with all relevant legislation and are consistently applied across our business. It is these high standards that drive our operational discipline and underpin our resilient safety culture.”
” We empower our people to stop work if they sense it is unsafe.”
The latest mining incident at Carborough Downs follows a ground control incident at the site where rock material from above the highwall of the mine boxcut collapsed on 8 April this year. At the time the fall blocked two of the four portal entries to underground operations.
“The mine undertook a controlled withdrawal from underground of all personnel without incident. Operations were suspended pending further investigation,” the company said.
In 2016 three workers at the Carborough Downs mine were diagnosed with coal miner’s pneumoconiosis while it was owned and managed by Vale.
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