A DOZER disappeared in dramatic fashion at RG Tanna Coal Terminal yesterday.
The large piles of coal seen at the terminal have feeder holes underneath them, through which the coal is funnelled to underground conveyor belts and shifted to the wharf.
The dozer was being used to push coal around on the stockpiles when it sank backwards down a feeder.
Nobody was injured in the incident and the driver managed to climb out safely.
"At 1am Tuesday morning a dozer sank into a stockpile feeder at the RG Tanna Coal Terminal," a Gladstone Ports Corporation spokesperson said.
"The operator was able to get out of the dozer by himself and reported no injuries.
"Operations at the terminal were ceased.
"Employees were briefed and an investigation commenced.
"A GPC recovery team is currently at the site executing a recovery plan to remove the dozer from the stockpile."
The Australian Workers Union could not be contacted for comment.