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Grasstree Asphyxiation 2014

06/05/2014 - Grasstree

07/05/2014

UPDATE Noon:

DEPARTMENT of Natural Resources and Mines spokesperson said mine inspectors were working with Anglo American to investigate the cause of the fatality.

"Mine management reported that an electrician working underground was discovered unconscious at approximately 3pm on 6 May 2014," the spokesperson said.

"The worker was taken to the surface where attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.

"Preliminary indications suggest the electrician entered a closed area of the underground mine workings and may have been asphyxiated by a noxious atmosphere."

The spokesperson said Anglo American had withdrawn its underground workforce as a precaution.

"Police and two mines inspectors were onsite at Grasstrees mine overnight," the spokesperson said.

"A further two senior mines inspectors are arriving this morning to commence the investigation.

"The investigation report will be provided to the Coroner who will determine cause of death."

 

10.25AM:

MINING giant AngloAmerican has issued a statement about the incident a Grasstree Mine where a worker died yesterday.

AngloAmerican says yesterday afternoon an employee at the Grasstree mine was found collapsed while working
underground.

"Personnel responded and tried to revive the employee underground before bringing the employee to the surface where they unsuccessfully continued the resuscitation.

"Anglo American is working with the Mines Inspectorate and the Queensland Police Service to conduct a thorough investigation into this fatality.

"Counselling services have been made available to the deceased employee's family and all other employees.

"No other personnel were injured in this incident.

"The safety and wellbeing of all employees and contractors at the Grasstree operation is AngloAmerican's number one priority.

"Further information will be provided as it comes to hand."

 

10.10am:

It is believed the Grasstree Mine worker was an electrician.

The Queensland Mines Department said the worker may have died from asphyxiation after entering closed area of mine. 

 

8.30am:

GRASSTREE Mine is currently under investigation for the death of one of its workers.

The Miners' Union says a worker has been killed at the Middlemount mine.

Operations at the mine have ceased while investigations are done.

More to come.

Source - CQ News.

This accident claimed the life of Paul McGuire