Man killed in underground collapse at Grasstree coal mine

12.58pm: 

A STATEMENT from the CFMEU says that they are deeply saddened by the news that a mineworker has died overnight at the Anglo American Grasstree coal mine near Middlemount in Central Queensland.

Three union check inspectors are currently at the site, working with investigators to understand the causes and circumstances of the fatality, said CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland District Secretary Tim Whyte.

"We need a thorough and transparent investigation into this tragedy, the second fatality at Grasstree this year," Mr Whyte said. 

"This is yet another reminder of the dangerous nature of the industry we work.

"Every mineworker deserves to come home safe at the end of their shift."

 

10.46am:

THE Department of Natural Resources and Mines has confirmed that the miner killed at Grasstree Mine was a contractor. 

Investigations are still continuing. 

 

8.21am:

A MAN has been crushed to death overnight under a wall which collapsed on him at the Grasstree Mine, an underground mine, in Central Queensland.

The CFMEU has confirmed that three union investigators are currently on their way to the mine.

The CFMEU spokesman said the investigators will today investigate on the union's behalf.

Police, who are also investigating, say the 45-year-old man was working at the underground mine when the wall caved in, crushing him, at around midnight.

His body was recovered from the mine a short time later but rescue workers could not revive him.

Police and Queensland Mines Inspectorate officials are investigating the incident and will prepare a report for the coroner.

It is the second workplace death in the Grasstree mine this year.

An initial investigation by the Mines Inspectorate found in May, electrician Paul McGuire may have been overcome by inert gas in a restricted area.

In May a worker died after entering a closed off area of the mine, and asphyxiated due to noxious gasses in the section of the mine.

Mine personnel found Mr McGuire in an unresponsive state, immediately commenced resuscitation and transported him to the surface where the resuscitation was continued.


The map below charts the many who have been killed in Queensland's coal mining industry since 2000:


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