Coronado freezes tyre change activities at Curragh

Coronado Global Resources plans to suspend operations at the Curragh mine in Queensland until Friday at the earliest.

The company has halted the Curragh operations since January 12 after a Thiess employee was fatally injured during a tyre change activity in the main workshop.

Coronado is conducting a full investigation to understand the causes of this incident.

The Queensland Mines Inspectorate visited the mine and ordered all relevant tyre and wheel rim fitting activities to be suspended until it was satisfied that these activities could recommence safely.

“Coronado is supportive of this directive and all efforts to improve safety at all our operations,” the company stated in a media release.

“Coronado will not permit these activities on its site until both the company and the Inspectorate are satisfied with the safety of these activities.”

The company held return to work safety sessions with all Curragh mine workers on-site this morning.

Coronado plans to gradually resume operations in unaffected areas of the Curragh complex starting Friday at the earliest.

“Our priority remains the welfare and safety of our employees and contractors and supporting the family and all those impacted at this sad time,” Coronado chief executive Gerry Spindler said.

“Our hearts go out to those mourning the loss of a loved one, friend and valued colleague.”

Coronado and Thiess continue to provide counselling and support to employees and their families.

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