QMI Statement on Moranbah Incident
Please attribute to Queensland Mines Inspectorate (QMI) spokesperson:
The QMI inspectors are on site at the Grosvenor Coal Mine, near Moranbah and have commenced an investigation on 6 May 2020 into a suspected gas ignition event that caused injuries to five workers.
Emergency services personnel have informed workers’ families of the incident and our thoughts are with the injured workers and their families at this time.
Safety of workers is paramount and entry points to the underground mine will remain closed until gas monitoring of the underground environment indicates the risk to personnel re-entering is at an acceptable level.
Two inspectors are currently on site and their investigation will focus on the nature and cause of the incident.
This will include but not limited to inspection of equipment, analysis of data and documents and interviews with relevant personnel.
QMI’s aim is zero serious harm to workers and to this end we conduct thorough and rigorous investigations to prevent future incidents and where necessary take the appropriate compliance and enforcement actions.
This investigation into the suspected gas ignition event at Grosvenor Coal Mine is expected to take a number of months and is subject to the complexity of the incident and available information.
The QMI understands there has not been an incident of this kind at Grosvenor Coal Mine previously.
Last updated 7 May 2020