Carborough Downs mine in Coppabella.
Carborough Downs mine in Coppabella.

Underground workers demand answers after miners hurt

UPDATE, 11AM: Workers at an underground pit where two miners were injured at Carborough Downs demanded a meeting with management after the latest incident.

CFMEU Queensland district president Stephen Smyth said the miners on shift immediately withdrew from the pit as operations were suspended after Monday night's incident.

Mr Smyth said the crew removed themselves from the development area as their colleagues were taken to Moranbah Hospital.

One of the injured men has since been released from hospital while the second remains in a stable condition with spine and neck injuries.

"The mine workers withdrew themselves from underground and demanded a meeting at the mine," Mr Smyth said.

"It's under investigation.

"The guys are asking the questions as this is yet another incident at our mines."

Mr Smyth said the men were lucky to escape with relatively minor injuries, after 57-year-old Brad Duxbury was killed by a coal fall at the same mine in November last year.

"We, and they, have to start asking those questions," he said.

"The workers withdrawing from underground sends a really strong message to their employer."

UPDATE, 9:12 AM: MINING activity has been suspended at part of the Carborough Downs mine after two employees were injured overnight.

Mine owner Fitzroy Australia Resources this morning advised a piece of coal struck two of its coal mine workers after it became detached from a rib in a development area yesterday.

First aid was administered onsite before the two men were transferred to Moranbah Hospital for observation, a Fitzroy Australia Resources spokesman said.

Mining activity in the development panels will remain suspended pending an investigation by the company and the Queensland Mines Inspectorate.

The mine recently suspended activity in areas after a "localised" methane gas ignition on Friday, July 10. Nobody was injured. 

Carborough Downs is the same mine where Ipswich father Brad Duxbury, 57, died in November last year.

Early findings stated the miner was killed by a "fall of coal".

UPDATE, 8.45AM: ONE of the men injured at Carborough Downs mine at Coppabella overnight has been released from hospital.

The 30-year-old man suffered injuries to his hands and shoulders when a wall fell on them at a central Queensland mine.
A 29-year-old man remains in hospital in a stable condition after suffering spinal injuries in the incident.

Paramedics were called to the site about 7.35pm Monday.

The Queensland Resources Council is aware of the incident.

INITIAL, 7.30AM: PARAMEDICS were called to a Coppabella mine last night after a wall fell on two patients.

The incident was called in off the Peak Downs Hwy at 7.38pm.

One male patient suffered a head and suspected spinal injuries while the other sustained hand and shoulder injuries.

They were both taken to Moranbah hospital in a stable condition.

More to come.


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