Statement on Middlemount fatality from CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland President Stephen Smyth
We are devastated a mineworker was killed in a shocking incident at Middlemount coal mine yesterday afternoon, where a high wall collapsed on to an excavator with the worker inside.
On behalf of the whole Union, we extend our sincere condolences to the worker’s family, friends and co-workers. The worker was not a member of the Union.
Union safety inspectors are on site and will conduct a thorough, independent investigation.
This is the third fatality this year in a Queensland coal mine. It must be a wake-up call to the industry to look closely at the safety culture and practices across our coal mines. Workers must be empowered to stand up and speak out on safety matters without the fear of reprisal.
Every worker should return home safely at the end of their shift.