Investigation into coal mine roof collapse

An investigation is underway into the causes behind Peabody’s North Goonyella coal mine’s roof collapse earlier this month.

It comes after the mine’s roof collapsed on 15 August, nearly killing a survivor of the Pike River coal disaster, Daniel Rockhouse, the Daily Mercury reports.

Around seven hundred tonnes of material filled a 15 metre section of the underground tunnel during the collapse.

It occurred about a kilometre inside the entrance of the five kilometre access to coal face.

No miners were injured in the incident.

Workers on site managed to safely evacuate the mine.

Following the incident, Peabody suspended all operations at the mine as it cleared away the debris and rebuilt the roof and passage.

A DEEDI spokesperson said “this remediation work may take weeks before production at the mine can resume”.

A mines inspector has already travelled to the site to investigate.

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