Roof collapse shuts down Anglo coal mine

 Anlgo American’s Moranbah North coal mine has suffered a roof collapse over its conveyor drift.

All operations at the mine have been put on hold until the collapse can be cleared and the conveyor drift repaired, the Daily Mercury reports.

According to an Anglo spokesperson, no one was injured in the incident which occurred last week.

CFMEU Mackay district vice president Steve Pierce stated that a meeting is planned for today with the miner, union members, and Mastermye – the contractor on site.

"It is my understanding at this stage that a roof has fallen in, which has created a safety issue for workers, and that no one is allowed down to the pit until the collapse has been cleared," Pierce said.

"Because the company is not able to produce, (Anglo American) has asked some employees to take their annual leave."

He said collapse is creating uncertainty about the miners’ jobs.

"It is not nice for workers to be unable to work as we are leading up to the Christmas period," he said.

However Mastermyne says that no employees’ contract will be terminated

Mines Inspectorate officers were reportedly on site within 24 hours of the incident.

Anglo American has suffered a series of accidents at its Queensland coal mines this year, including the sudden flooding of parts of its Grasstree mine, as well as vehicle accidents at its Dawson and Callide mines.

In February, the miner stopped work at all its facilities and offices to focus on ways to lift the company’s safety levels.

Named “Stop and Prop”, the safety sessions were designed by the miner to kick off a campaign to address its safety record at coal mines.

The incident at Moranbah North comes on the back of a similar mine collapse at Xstrata’s Newlands underground coal mine on Friday.

 

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