Mine operations suspended after miner's death

OPERATIONS at Anglo American's Grasstree Mine have been suspended until further notice after the second fatal accident at the site this year.

The mining company has confirmed the person who died on Thursday was working for a contractor.

Following the death of 34-year-old electrician Paul McGuire at the same mine in May this year, CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland district secretary Tim Whyte said it was important all investigations into the latest accident were carried out properly.

"We need a thorough and transparent investigation into this tragedy," Mr Whyte said. "This is yet another reminder of the dangerous nature of the industry we work in.

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

"The union will work tirelessly to understand the cause of the accident and to make sure safety is the top priority in our coal mines."

Mr Whyte urged all workers to be vigilant on the job and to "put safety first".

"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased. This would be a tragic blow at any time, but especially coming so close to Christmas," he said.

An Anglo American spokesman said the company was assisting authorities with their investigations.

"Employees involved are receiving counselling as required," he said.

"Anglo American is treating the incident very seriously. Our top priority remains the safety and well-being of all workers."


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