“Thiess wishes to express its deepest sympathies to family and friends of an employee who was killed and another who was injured in a workshop incident at Dawson coal mine this morning,” Thiess said yesterday.
“The company will be providing full support to the families of both employees. The incident occurred in the early hours of Monday morning during a maintenance procedure.
“Thiess will work closely with safety authorities to fully investigate the incident.”
While reports indicated there was a tyre explosion, the Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines said the fatal incident occurred when a tyre on a mine vehicle “failed” at approximately 4am yesterday.
Anglo American has expressed its deepest sympathies for the victim and the injured worker who was airlifted and hospitalised in Brisbane.
“Operations at the mine have been suspended and the incident area has been secured,” Anglo said yesterday.
“Anglo American immediately notified emergency services and is providing them with our full cooperation. The Queensland Mines Inspectorate has been advised. We will work closely with the Inspectorate to conduct a thorough investigation to determine how this incident occurred.
“At this point in time our focus will be on ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all people at the mine site while the incident is being managed. Anglo American’s employee assistance program has been made available to provide support and counselling to all employees as required.”
The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union has sent its own inspectors to the scene to investigate, claiming that Anglo did not notify union safety representatives of the accident as required by law.
“We are extremely concerned that this is the third fatal accident at an Anglo American-owned coal mine in the last 12 months,” CFMEU mining and energy Queensland president Stephen Smyth said.
“There has been a pattern of tyre-related incidents at Anglo American open cut coal mines.”
The type of mine vehicle involved in the accident has not yet been revealed. There have been separate fatal tyre explosions from changing a dump truck tyre and changing a Kenworth coal hauler tyre before in the state.