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Queensland Board of Inquiry calls witnesses

Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry

The Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry has called an extensive list of witnesses from Government, Unions and Anglo American to provide evidence in surrounding the underground gas explosion at Grosvenor Mine near Moranbah which resulted in the hospitalisation of five miners with severe burns. In addition to the Grosvenor incident, the inquiry will examine 27 high potential incidents that occurred at Grosvenor mine between 1 July 2019 and 5 May 2020 as well as a number of high potential incidents at Grasstree, Moranbah North and Oaky Creek North underground coal mines.

First to take the stand will be chief mining safety bureaucrat, Mark Stone, who has overseen the troubled mining safety regulator in the wake of thousands of high potential incidents and mining deaths in the State. Mr Stone, together with Mine Safety Commissioner, Kate Dupreez has reportedly overseen a range of changes to regulatory activities in the State including the apparent ‘watering down’ of regulatory enforcement activities.

Mr Stone is currently Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Resources Safety and Health Queensland.

The inquiry will initially examine the role of the regulator in the context of the gas related incidents in Queensland Mines.

Other early high profile witnesses for the Queensland Coal mining board of inquiry include Queensland’s Chief Inspector Peter Newman and Stephen Smith (Regional Inspector of Mines).

The inquiry has not called any independent expert witnesses at this stage.

The inquiry will be live streamed here

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Queensland Coal Mine Board of Inquiry – Witness List

DayWitness
4 AugustMark Stone – Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Resources Safety and Health Queensland
4 AugustPeter Newman – Chief Inspector of Coal Mines Resources Safety and Health Queensland
4 AugustStephen Smith – Regional Inspector of Mines Resources Safety and Health Queensland
DayWitness
5 AugustKelvin Schiefelbein – Underground Mine Manager Grasstree Mine
5 AugustBraedon Smith – Ventilation Officer Grasstree Mine
5 AugustTim McNally – Operations Manager Grasstree Mine
DayWitness
5 AugustKelvin Schiefelbein – Underground Mine Manager Grasstree Mine
5 AugustBraedon Smith – Ventilation Officer Grasstree Mine
5 AugustTim McNally – Operations Manager Grasstree Mine
DayWitness
6 AugustPeter Noton – Explosion Risk Zone Controller Grasstree Mine
6 AugustShaun Stingle – Explosion Risk Zone Controller Grasstree Mine
6 AugustJosh Smith – Explosion Risk Zone Controller Grasstree Mine
6 AugustGraeme Read – Explosion Risk Zone Controller Grasstree Mine
6 AugustLuke Shackleton – Explosion Risk Zone Controller Grasstree Mine
DayWitness
7 AugustScott Fraser – Explosion Risk Zone Controller Moranbah North Mine
7 AugustKelvin Sloan – Longwall Coordinator Moranbah North Mine
7 AugustMichael Lerch – Underground Mine Manager Moranbah North Mine
7 AugustJason Hill – Industry Safety and Health Representative Construction, Forestry, Mining and Engineering Union
7 AugustStephen Woods – Industry Safety and Health Representative Construction, Forestry, Mining and Engineering Union

Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry Witnesses Week Two

DayWitness
10 AugustGus Wilson – Explosion Risk Zone Controller Oaky North Mine
10 AugustLuca Pantano – Ventilation Officer Oaky North Mine
10 AugustMichael Downs – Underground Mine Manager Oaky North Mine
10 AugustJoe Barber – Site Safety and Health Representative Oaky North Mine
11 AugustJim Hoare – Site Safety and Health Representative Grasstree Mine
11 AugustRichard Harris – Site Safety and Health Representative Grasstree Mine
To be determinedTo be determined – Corporate Representative Oaky Creek Holdings Pty Ltd
Witness
12 AugustPaul Brown – Inspector of Mines Resources Safety and Health Queensland
12 AugustMark Lydon – Inspector of Mines Resources Safety and Health Queensland

Queensland Mining Board of Inquiry Witnesses – Week Three

DayWitness
17 AugustTyler Mitchelsen – Head of Metallurgical Coal Anglo American plc Chief Executive Officer Anglo American Metallurgical Coal Pty Ltd
17 AugustWarwick Jones – Head of Human Resources Anglo American plc – BC Met Coal
DayWitness
18 AugustTo be determined – Corporate Representative Anglo American (CapCoal Management) Pty Ltd
18 AugustTo be determined – Corporate Representative Anglo American (Moranbah North Management) Pty Ltd
Witness
To be determinedDamien Wynn – Site Senior Executive Grasstree Mine

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