Ernest Henry miner suffers spinal injury

A miner has been airlifted from Glencore’s remote Ernest Henry mine site east of Mount Isa suffering suspected spinal injuries.

The RACQ NQ rescue helicopter arrived on the scene on Friday morning following an incident in the underground decline.

Paramedics stabilised the 43-year-old man before airlifting him to Mount Isa hospital in a serious condition.

A Glencore spokesperson said the mine immediately activated its emergency response procedure.

“The employee’s condition was assessed at our on-site medical facility before being transported by the North Queensland Rescue Helicopter to the Mount Isa Base Hospital for further treatment,” the spokesperson said.

The worker was then transferred to the Royal Brisbane Hospital on Friday evening for additional treatment and remains there in a stable and non-critical condition.

Glencore is continuing its investigations into the incident.


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