Man fatally injured in truck accident at Central Queensland coal mine

A worker has died at a coal mine in central Queensland.

Jan 16, 2024, updated Jan 16, 2024
Australia is investigating how it might be able to provide coal to aide the Ukrainian war effort.. (photo supplied)

Australia is investigating how it might be able to provide coal to aide the Ukrainian war effort.. (photo supplied)

The 27-year-old worker was fatally injured in a vehicle-related incident at BHP Mitsubishi Alliance’s (BMA) Saraji coal mine, near Dysart.

“Our deepest sympathies are with the person’s family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time,” BMA asset president Adam Lancey said in a statement on Tuesday.

Resources Safety and Health Queensland (RSHQ) is investigating the incident.

RSHQ chief executive Rob Djukic said two men were working in a fuel bay area of the mine when one became pinned between two vehicles and suffered “crush injuries”.

“The worker was transported to hospital, but sadly he later passed away in the evening,” Mr Djukic said.

Queensland Resources Council acting chief executive Judy Bertram said the sector is committed to workplace safety and would support investigations into the incident.

“The industry’s thoughts are with the family dealing with an unimaginable loss, and the friends, work colleagues and first responders involved,” a statement said,

The Mining and Energy Union said the whole mining community was shocked and saddened by the incident.

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“This is the worst news we can ever receive,” union district president Mitch Hughes said.

“We are devastated that a coal miner is not returning home at the end of their shift.”

Union safety inspectors are investigating.

“We will ensure no stone is left unturned in understanding what has occurred and preventing future fatalities and injuries,” he said.

Operations at the mine have been suspended.

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