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Queensland’s Chief Inspector says “safety concerns” existed prior to mine explosion

Anglo American Grosvenor Mine

Queensland Chief Inspector of Coal Mines has stated there were safety concerns associated with the operation of the Anglo American Grosvenor Coal Mine prior to an explosion yesterday.

Chief Inspector Peter Newman told ABC Radio Brisbane the mine had regular inspections, and his department had been in contact with them in the past month. 

When asked if there were any safety concerns at that point Chief Inspector Peter Newman said: “There were”.

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“As in all inspections undertaken at mine sites, whenever you bring a fresh pair of eyes to an operation there are always either recommendations for improvements in certain aspects of the mine, or a directive in terms of the mine taking particular action.”

Mr Newman told the ABC that he was reluctant to say whether the safety concerns were the cause of the explosion.

“They are monitoring the gas environment underground,” he said.

“Until such time that the monitoring and analysis of gas readings determine that there is a safe environment for people to return underground, it’s premature for me to speculate what the nature and cause of this incident was,” he said.

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AMSJ April 2022