A roof collapse occurred at the Gregory Crinum Mine, located near Emerald in Central Queensland, last night resulting in the tragic death of a mineworker and serious injury of another.
CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland President, Stephen Smyth, said he was shocked and saddened to be informed of the news.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased mineworker,” Mr Smyth said.
“We thank mines rescue and first responders for their attendance at the scene.”
Queensland Minister for Resources, the Hon. Scott Stewart MP, extended his condolences to the family, friends, and co-workers of the worker who passed away last night.
He also wished for a full and speedy recovery for the worker who was injured.
“I would like to recognise the professionalism of first responders, including those from the Queensland Mines Rescue Service and our emergency services,” Minister Stewart said.
The Minister advised that three people from the Queensland Mines Inspectorate are now on-site and have commenced their investigation into the nature and cause of the incident.
“Any loss of life on our mine sites is unacceptable, and it is my expectation the Queensland Mines Inspectorate and Resources Safety and Health Queensland will investigate this incident thoroughly and with diligence,” the Minister said.
The Gregory Crinium Mine is operated by a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sojitz Blue Pty Ltd. Operations at the coal mine have been suspended while the investigation is underway.