Golding restarts Baralaba North following accident


Baralaba north coal mine.

Baralaba North contractor Golding is producing at the Bowen Basin coal mine again after operations were suspended at the site due to the death of an employee last weekend.

The mine was closed from July 7 to 10. No other equipment or personnel were involved in the incident.

Golding, alongside the Queensland Mines Inspectorate and state police, is continuing an investigation into the incident to determine the exact sequence of events that caused it.

“The recommencement of mining activity was made in consultation with the Inspector of Mines investigating the incident and the accident scene will remain isolated until the evidence collection process is complete,” Golding said in a statement.

The NRW Holdings-owned contractor suspended activity at Baralaba North when the worker died in hospital after receiving serious injuries onsite.

He was discovered at around 1:30am on Sunday July 7 by a co-worker after allegedly became caught between the body of an excavator and a safety rail as the excavator’s staircase descended into position.

The incident marked the sixth death at a Queensland mine in the past 12 months, prompting the launch of two independent reviews into mining safety to identify potential areas of improvement. 

One review by forensic structural engineer Sean Brady into fatal incidents at Queensland coal mines and quarries from 2000–2018 is being widened to include all mineral mines, as well as fatal incidents in 2019.

The other review is being led by the University of Queensland, whose team will consult with unions, mining inspectors, legal experts and industry experts.

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