Inquest into miner’s death

The driver of a shuttle car that crushed a miner against the wall of a central Queensland mine has told a coronial inquest a series of events could have led to the death.

The driver of a shuttle car that crushed a miner against the wall of a central Queensland mine has told a coronial inquest a series of events could have led to the death.

Jason Blee, 33, was killed when he was crushed between a shuttle car and a wall at the Moranbah North mine in April last year.

Blee was working as a safety trainer and assessor at the Anglo Coal Mine at the time of his death.

Shuttle car driver Graham Lucas told the inquest that Blee was a first-rate miner and constantly thought about safety.

According to Lucas, just before Blee died, a track on a nearby continuous miner snapped, causing on-ground staff, including Blee, to move their positions.

Lucas told the inquest the breakdown changed the normal sequence of work and could have lead to Blee’s death.

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