Anglo American suspends coal mine operations

Anglo American has halted operations at its Queensland based Dawson and Callide mines following two serious incidents.

At the Dawson coal mine, a dump truck ran over a light vehicle early on Friday morning while a bulldozer was accidentally buried during excavations as the Callide coal mine, according to the Daily Mercury.

There were no injuries in either incident.

According to the chief inspector of coal mines Gavin Taylor, “in both instances mines inspectors have suspended operations because the mines have ineffective safety and health management systems.

“Both of these mines will remain suspended until management can satisfy mines inspectors that operations can be conducted with risk at acceptable levels.”

These accidents follow on from current investigations into safety breaches by Anglo American at its Grasstree and Foxleigh coal mines late last year.

On 28 February, Anglo American halted all operations to carry out safety sessions to see how work safety levels could be lifted.

Named “Stop and Prop”, the safety sessions were designed by the miner to kick off a campaign to address its safety record at coal mines.

Image: Daily Mercury

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