Fitzroy Australia restarts Carborough Downs operations

Fitzroy Australia Resources has resumed coal mining operations at the Carborough Downs mine in Queensland following a tragic incident in late November.

The company suspended operations after a mine worker was fatally injured while working underground and has followed its internal processes in the weeks following the incident.

This included completing a range of risk assessments before making the decision to safely resume mining operations.

Fitzroy Australia’s workforce was employed and paid as normal while operations were ceased, including contract workers.

Counselling services were also offered to the mine workers as they were briefed when arriving on-site to commence shifts.

Police and the Queensland Mine Inspectorate investigated the cause of the incident, with investigations by the latter still under way.

Fitzroy Australia chief executive Grant Polwarth said the company continued to support the worker’s family following the tragedy.

“We are all extremely saddened by this tragic incident and extend our deepest sympathies to Brad’s family and friends,” Polwarth said.

“The Queensland Mines Inspectorate’s investigation is ongoing, and we continue to cooperate fully with this process.”

Fitzroy Australia employs around 340 full-time employees and contractors at the metallurgical coal site in the Bowen Basin.

The mine, which has recently undergone a longwall expansion, also produces pulverised coal injection (PCI) coal as a secondary product.

Carborough Downs coal is primarily sold to international customers to be used in the steel making industry.

Fitzroy Australia is unable to make further comment on the incident.

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