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2019 Middlemount Mine

24/06/2019 - Middlemount Mine - Strata / Sidewall Fall, Fall of ground

David Routledge became trapped inside the digger he was using when a wall collapsed at the Middlemount Mine, north-west of Rockhampton, in the Bowen Basin.

It took emergency services hours to reach the father, but he could not be saved.

It is with great sadness that Middlemount Coal regrets to advise of the loss of one of its valuable team members in a mine site incident this afternoon. 

The details of the incident are now the subject of a full investigation to which Middlemount Coal will offer its full cooperation. 

We are working closely with emergency services and relevant authorities on this incident. 

Operations at Middlemount Mine have been suspended until further notice. 

The welfare of the family of the deceased and the safety of our people are our highest priorities. 

We extend our deepest sympathies to family and friends at this time and we have offered the company’s full support to them to deal with their devastating loss. 

We are deeply saddened by this news and will provide more information as it is available

This accident claimed the life of David Routledge