Worker killed at coal mine in Queensland’s Bowen Basin

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A person has been killed in a mining accident at an open-cut coal mine in central Queensland, police have confirmed.

The Forensic Crash Unit went to the Curragh Coal Mine, north of Blackwater in the Bowen Basin, after the fatality was reported about 2:15am.

A spokesperson for Coronado Global Resources, which operates the mine, said all work had been suspended while authorities conducted investigations.

“A full investigation is being conducted into the accident and Coronado is working with the Queensland police, the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy and other authorities,” the spokesperson said.

It is the second death at the mine in less than two years. 

Goondiwindi man Donald Rabbit was killed on January 12, 2020 when he was trapped under heavy machinery.

That case is still the subject of legal proceedings.

Resources Safety and Health Queensland has been contacted for comment.

The Coronado spokesperson said the company offered “their deepest sympathies to the family, friends and workmates of the employee”.

“The company is focused on supporting its workers at Curragh and counselling services are being made available,” the spokesperson said.

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