Coronado suspends Curragh operations after incident


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Coronado Global Resources has halted operations at the Curragh coal mine complex near Blackwater, Queensland following an incident.

A Thiess employee was involved in a fatal accident at the Bowen Basin site on the afternoon of January 12.

Coronado has advised Queensland police, the Queensland Mines Inspectorate and other relevant authorities, which have started an incident investigation relating to the accident.

“Coronado and Thiess extend their deepest sympathies to the family of the individual and all those affected by this tragic event,” Coronado stated in a media release.

“Workers are being progressively briefed on the incident as they arrive on site to commence their shifts and the company has made counselling services available.”

Queensland Resources Council (QRC) chief executive Ian Macfarlane extended the industry body’s condolences to the victim’s family, friends and colleagues.

“The QRC is saddened by the tragic news of a worker’s death at the Curragh coal mine,” Macfarlane said.

“Safety is always the resource sector’s number one priority. The industry is working with the Queensland Government and unions to ensure an ongoing safety focus to maximise safety across the sector.

“The resources industry is tight-knit, so this tragedy will deeply affect everyone who works in and with the resources community.”

The Curragh coal mine has been operating since 1983, and in 2017 it was Australia’s sixth largest metallurgical coal mine by production with an annual capacity of seven million tonnes of coal.

Thiess, which has been completing contract work at the Curragh mine since 2004, received a $1.3 billion contract extension from Coronado in September last year.

Under this contract, the CIMIC Group company is responsible for overburden removal and hauling, mining and run-of-mine rehandling services, equipment maintenance and pit dewatering services at the mine.

Coronado will provide further updates on the Curragh operations in due course.

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