QLD mining under scrutiny after another workplace death

QLD mining under scrutiny after another workplace death

A Queensland coal worker has died in a mining accident, and another has been seriously injured after falling more than four storeys in separate incidents over the weekend, bringing the total deaths on QLD mine sites to six in twelve months.

The most recent incidents follow the death of Mackay worker, David Routledge, at the Middlemount Coal mine in central Queensland two weeks ago.

Mines Minister Anthony Lynham said he was extremely distressed and concerned there had been six deaths in 12 months.

“I will be following up on discussions held last week by meeting with representatives of the mining industry, including the Queensland Resources Council, CFMEU and AWU and my Department, as a matter of urgency,” he said.

“I will be making it absolutely clear that this situation is unacceptable and requires action.

“I will make further announcements on what action will be taken by this government after I have considered all the relevant information and outcomes from the meeting.

In a statement, Golding, the operator of the site where the most recent fatality occurred, said all operations at the Baralaba mine had ceased until further notice.

The company is working closely with police, with the Mines Inspectorate conducting a full investigation.

Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian Macfarlane said the body was deeply saddened by the death and injury.

“QRC will again meet with the Government, unions and workers this week on further actions that can be taken to increase safety across the industry.”

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