Fatal accident as open cut coal mine pit wall failed

Mines safety alert no. Newsflash | 28 June 2019 | Version 1

What happened?

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.

Recommendations

All mines should review their strata management plans particularly in relation to pit wall stability.

References and further information

Safety Newsflashes Purpose

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  2. Increase Risk awareness
  3. Promote mines to examine and check that their controls are adequate

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.



Authorised by Peter Newman - Chief Inspector of Coal Mines
Contact: QldMinesInspectorate@rshq.qld.gov.au

Issued by Resources Safety & Health Queensland


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