Carborough Downs operations suspended after incident

Image: Fitzroy Australia Resources.

Fitzroy Australia Resources has confirmed a tragic incident involving a mineworker at its Carborough Downs mine in central Queensland.

The mineworker, a long-term employee of Fitzroy Australia, was fatally injured when working underground.

Queensland’s Mines Inspectorate and police are looking into the cause of the incident.

The company has suspended all operations on the Carborough Downs site.

“We are deeply saddened by this news and Fitzroy extends our deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of the worker,” Fitzroy Australia chief executive Grant Polwarth said.

“Fitzroy’s current focus is on supporting (his) family, friends and all of the Fitzroy workforce impacted by this event.”

The company continued to provide briefing to mineworkers on the incident as they arrived on-site to commence their shifts. Counselling services are available to these workers.

Fitzroy Australia is unable to make further comment on the incident as investigation by the mines inspectorate is under way.

“Our thoughts remain with all those who have been impacted by this tragedy,” Polwarth said.

The company employs around 340 full-time employees and contractors at Carborough Downs.

The project has undergone a longwall expansion to its northern measures, which consolidated bord and pillar operations.

Fitzroy Australia has also continued to explore life extension opportunities for the mine, Polwarth said in a statement earlier this month.

The company predominantly produces coking coal at Carborough Downs, with pulverised coal injection (PCI) coal as its secondary product.

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