BMA operations at Saraji resume following tragic incident

BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance’s (BMA) Saraji coal mine in Queensland has returned to normal operations following a fatal accident last week.

A dozer and dragline operator at the mine near Moranbah died on New Year’s Eve, suspending operations until January 3.

The 49-year-old man, from the Rockhampton region, was involved in an accident when the dozer he was operating rolled from an elevated position at around 10 pm on December 31.

BMA activated its site emergency response team immediately following the incident and engaged appropriate authorities.

Operations at Saraji were suspended until January 3 as BMA endeavoured to ensure its people were in the right frame of mind to safely restart work.

The company said in a statement it was deeply saddened by the incident, saying the operator was “a well-known and popular member of the Saraji and Workpac team” who began his career as an apprentice boilermaker at Blackwater mine in approximately 1988.

BMA added it would conduct an internal investigation to commence at once. The joint venture has also established an account for donations to operator’s family and will automatically double any individual contributions made through the fund.

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