Anglo American workers safe after roof fall

Underground longwall operations at Anglo American’s Moranbah North mine.

Anglo American has experienced a roof fall incident at the Moranbah North mine in Queensland’s Bowen Basin.

The roof fall occurred in the early hours of January 30 when the mine was in a longwall move.

Anglo American was developing a new section to mine, and it was in this area that the incident happened.

The company has notified the Queensland Mines Inspectorate and other mining operations at site are continuing as normal.

“We are taking every precaution to ensure that the situation is managed safely,” a spokesperson for Anglo American said.

“In accordance with our procedures, no one was in the area at the time and everyone is safe with no injuries.”

Geotechnical and other specialists are on-site and have begun a full investigation into the causes, according to Anglo American.

Moranbah North is an underground longwall mine that has begun operating since 1998. It is owned by Anglo American (88 per cent) and a Japanese consortium of Nippon Steel, Mitsui & Co, Shinsho, Nippon Steel Trading and JFE Mineral (12 per cent).

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