A contractor has been killed at Glencore’s Newlands coal operation in Queensland, according to a company spokesperson. The 55 year old was conducting maintenance work at the site’s coal handling and preparation plant.
“Operations at the preparation plant and open cut mine remain suspended while an official investigation by police, emergency services and the Mine Inspectorate continues,” the spokesperson said.
The Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines confirmed in a Tweet that its inspectors were onsite and investigating the incident.
DNRM Mines Inspectors are investigating a fatal incident which occurred this morning at the Newlands coal mine, 140km north-west of Mackay.— Mining Queensland (@MiningQLD) 30 August 2016
“Our primary concern remains the safety, care and welfare of the man’s family and our Newlands workforce,” the Glencore spokesperson continued. “We extend out sincere condolences to the family. All possible support is being provided to the family, as well as counselling for those people working at the mine.”
Edited by Jonathan Rowland.
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