Miner sustains serious burns after truck fire at Saraji coal mine

A truck fire at BMA’s Saraji mine has left a worker with major burns.

The miner was flown to a specialist burns unit in Brisbane yesterday.

BMA said the company was assisting the man’s family and providing support to workers on site.

Gryphon Psychology staff have travelled to the mine and a Queensland Government mines inspector has launched an investigation into the incident.

"As a precaution, all 793C trucks at Saraji Mine have been stopped pending inspection” a BMA spokesperson said.

“The remainder of the site is operating as normal."

Australian Mining files show there have been two other accidents involving tucks at the Bowen Basin mine.

In 2011, a miner was lucky to escape injury when his water truck crashed into the mine wall.

The truck reportedly had trouble with its transmission.

It is believed that this mechanical trouble caused an uncontrolled movement, forcing the water truck into the mine wall.

“One of the tyres was ripped off and it was sitting on its two back wheels, pointing skywards,” Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union health and safety officer Chris Gilbert said.

A BMA spokesperson said the driver was not injured, but had been taken to hospital as a precaution.

While in 2012, a blasting accident destroyed a Cat D11 dozer.

The dozer was reportedly crushed by massive chunks of overburden after during blasting operations.

No personnel were near the vehicle or injured during the incident.