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Queensland Fatal Mining Accidents 2019/20

four fatal accidents in Queensland mine during 2019

2019 was a horrific year of fatal mining accidents for the Queensland mining industry. There has been a range of fatal accidents as well as a plethora of high potential incidents that have left mine worker seriously injured. Here’s a summary and links to information on Queensland’s fatal mining accidents that occurred during 2019/20.

In response to the range of fatal mining accidents in 2019, the Queensland Government has implemented a range of changes to mine safety legislation. The most notable introduction of industrial manslaughter legislation for mines and quarrying sectors (which have previously been exempt) from the provisions.

The Queensland Government was also heavily criticized for its responses to mine safety by the Queensland Opposition, mineworkers, unions and industry experts (including a former CFMEU Official)

Date of IncidentCompany NameMine NameName of MinerOccupationWhat we know so farOutcomes from the Queensland Government
20th February 2019Anglo AmericanMoranbah NorthBradley HardwickEquipment OperatorA grader operator received fatal injuries when a grader exiting an underground coal mine rolled down the drift and collided with a man transporter.Currently, the Queensland Mines Inspectorate has not released a report into the incident. It has highlighted the incident in an alert involving hydraulic braking systems
26th June 2019Middlemount Coal Pty LtdMiddlemount CoalDavid John RoutledgeEquipment OperatorAn equipment operator was fatally injured while he was operating an excavator at an open cut coal mine when an adjacent pit wall 40 metres high suddenly failed. This resulted in fallen material engulfing the excavator and partially crushing the excavator’s cabinAn alert was issued by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines on the 9th July 2019. There has been no advice on the incident since that time.
7th July 2019Golding ContractorsBaralabaJack GerdesEquipment OperatorAn equipment operator was found entangled in an excavator access ladder at Baralaba coal mine. The coal mine worker was recovered by emergency responders and was unable to be resuscitated.An alert was issued by the Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines
25th November 2019Fitzroy Australia ResourcesCarborough Downs MineBard DuxburyElectricianA mine electrician was fatally injured when coal fell from a longwall face. The coal mine worker was recovered by emergency responders and was unable to be resuscitated.No information has been released at this stage.
12th January 2020Coronado CoalCurragh MineTBCTBCRefer AMSJ PostNo information released at this stage

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