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Queensland Mine Gas Explosion

 

 

May 7, 2020 - Five miners - three in their 40s and two in their 50s - suffered horrific burns in a gas blast at an underground coal mine in central Queensland, Australia.

Four are in critical condition, the fifth serious but stable.

They were flown to Brisbane overnight in a complex medical evacuation involving five planes.

Anglo American's Grosvenor Coal Mine at Moranbah will remain closed to inspectors until gas levels stabilize.

Deaths in Queensland's Mining Sector


47 people have died while working on mines and quarries across Queensland since 2000.

Eight of those were in the past two years, which is more than any other state.

15 deaths involved a vehicle, 12 involved contact with a machinery - such as being struck by a moving or falling object - and being crushed.

10 were from a roof or rockfall, four involved falling from height, four from tyre failures, one from a fire and another in irrespirable atmosphere.

What is the Response?

After a spate of deaths in 2018 and 2019, the state government ordered a "safety reset" for the industry, which meant workers had to attend a safety briefing.

It commissioned a review of the 47 deaths, which found the industry was operating in a "death cycle" and that more would die unless there were significant changes within the sector.

Most of the deaths were entirely preventable.

Training and supervision was often inadequate.

Human error played no part in 10 deaths, and the rest could be put down to a combination of factors.