A mine worker has tragically passed away after an accident at the Middlemount Coal Mine site in Queensland’s Bowen Basin.
The Queensland Mines Inspectorate has commenced an investigation into the incident, with mine operations suspended until further notice.
Middlemount Coal CEO, Gerrie Jordaan, said “It is with great sadness that Middlemount Coal regrets to advise of the loss of one of its valuable team members in a mine site incident.
“The details of the incident are now the subject of a full investigation to which Middlemount Coal will offer its full cooperation.
“We are working closely with emergency services and relevant authorities on this incident.
“The welfare of the family of the deceased and the safety of our people are our highest priorities.
“We extend our deepest sympathies to family and friends at this time and we have offered the company’s full support to them to deal with their devastating loss.
“We are deeply saddened by this news and will provide more information as it is available.”
The mine is jointly owned by Peabody Energy and Yancoal. It is located on Dysart Middlemount Road at Middlemount, approximately 90km north-east of Emerald and some 7km west of the township of Middlemount in Queensland’s Bowen Basin.
Queensland Mines Minister, Dr Anthony Lynham, said, “My deepest sympathy goes out to the family, friends and colleagues of the mine worker who died in yesterday’s incident.
“Every single worker deserves to come home safe at the end of every day. For that not to happen is a terrible tragedy.
“There will be a thorough investigation by the Mines Inspectorate, as there is with every mining incident.
“Every effort will be made to ensure the ongoing safety of all our mine workers.”