Mines safety alert no. Newsflash | 28 June 2019 | Version 1
Fatal accident as open cut coal mine pit wall failed
On Wednesday 26 June 2019 at approximately 12.20pm, a 55 year old coal mine worker was fatally injured while he was operating an excavator at an open cut coal mine in Queensland’s Bowen Basin.
The coal mine worker was operating an excavator when an adjacent pit wall approximately 40 metres high has suddenly failed. This resulted in fallen material engulfing the excavator and partially crushing the excavator’s cabin. The excavator’s operator was fatally injured. The causes of this pit wall failure are unknown at this time.
How did it happen?
A formal investigation by the Queensland mines inspectorate is underway.
All mines should review their strata management plans particularly in relation to pit wall stability.
Investigations are ongoing and further information may be published as it becomes available. The information in this publication is what is known at the time of writing.
We issue Safety Notices to draw attention to the occurrence of a serious incident, raise awareness of risks, and prompt assessment of your existing controls.
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The investigations are ongoing and further information may be published as it becomes available.
The information contained in this publication is based on knowledge and understanding at the time of writing.
Issued by Resources Safety & Health Queensland
General: This information is a guide only. It is not to be taken as a statement of law and must not be construed to waive or modify any legal obligation.
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