Worker killed, four others injured in Moranbah mine incident

UPDATE 9.10am: AN investigation is now underway to understand how a grader and a personnel carrier collided at Moranbah North Mine late yesterday. 

The grader driver died at the scene and four others were airlifted to Mackay and Rockhampton hospitals.

Those four workers have all been released from hospital and are recovering from their injuries.

Mine worker in Moranbah tragedy has been identified

Anglo American confirmed a Mines Inspectorate investigation is underway. 

A spokeswoman said the mine's management team was this morning briefing all employees about the incident.

"Production remains in shutdown and will not recommence until the incident site has been released by the department and the mine can safely resume operation," a spokeswoman said.

Anglo American's Glen Britton said the company was working with the relevant authorities to understand how this incident occurred.

"We are devastated by the tragic loss of one of our employees in the incident that occurred yesterday at Moranbah North," the underground operations executive head said.

"Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family of our employee who passed away yesterday and we are doing everything we can to support them and our colleagues affected by this incident.

"Moranbah North will not recommence production until operations can be safely resumed."

UPDATE 8.45AM: FIVE people are recovering from injuries suffered in an incident at Moranbah North Mine worker overnight. 

A man died at the mine west of Mackay and four others were airlifted to hospital with injuries after a grader and a personnel carrier collided in the access drift close to the surface of the mine. 

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesperson confirmed paramedics assessed seven patients following the crash, which occurred at 3.45pm. 

"Two rescue helicopters attended the scene and airlifted two patients each to Mackay and Rockhampton Hospitals in stable conditions," the spokesperson said. 

The airlifted patients suffered a range of injuries including: 

  • Patient 1 - male with facial injuries and spinal precautions
  • Patient 2 - male with neck, back and shoulder pain as well as spinal precautions
  • Patient 3 - male with spinal precautions and shoulder pain
  • Patient 4 - neck and muscular pain as well as spinal precautions

A fifth person involved in the crash suffered hand pain and dizziness while a sixth person escaped without injury. Both declined transport to hospital. 

 

The QAS spokesperson said the seventh patient suffered critical injuries and was not transported from the scene. 

EARLIER: A MINE worker has died at Moranbah North Mine after an incident involving a grader and a personnel carrier in the access drift close to the surface of the mine.

The 10 workers who were in the personnel carrier immediately received medical treatment on site for injuries.

Two injured men, aged 52 and 51, are being assessed in Mackay Base Hospital after RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter airlifted them from the mine site.

Their condition was still unknown when they arrived about 7.40pm.

Two injured men, aged 52 and 51, are being assessed after arriving via RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter at Mackay Base Hospital.
Two injured men, aged 52 and 51, are being assessed after arriving via RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter at Mackay Base Hospital. Nick Wright

Two other people were taken to Rockhampton for further treatment, arriving just before 9pm.

The other six people were assessed on site but needed no further treatment. 

An Anglo American spokesperson said an emergency response was immediately initiated and emergency services notified after the incident. 

"The driver of the grader received immediate treatment on site and was then transported by ambulance to hospital, but has tragically passed away," they said.

"The employees who were in the other vehicle immediately received medical treatment on site for injuries.

"The cause of the incident is not clear and we will carry out a full investigation.

"We have notified the relevant authorities and stopped production at the mine, in line with our emergency response procedure.

"Our focus is on continuing to respond to the emergency situation, including the treatment and care of injured employees and supporting the affected families and colleagues."

A doctor from Moranbah Hospital travelled to the mine site to triage and treat casualties until they could be retrieved.



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