Worker dies at Dawson coal mine

A coal miner has been killed and another man seriously injured after a tyre exploded at Anglo American’s Dawson coal mine.

The incident occurred this morning at about 5:30 am local time, according to the ABC.

It is understood that a second man was injured in the incident, reportedly suffering a shoulder injury, and has been taken to Theodore Hospital for treatment.

Operations at the site are contracted to Leighton Holdings.

Anglo American confirmed the incident, adding that all operations at the site have been suspended.

It went on to state that emergency services were immediately notified, with the Queensland Mines Inspectorate already on their way to the site.

"At this point in time our focus will beon ensuring the safety of all people at the mine site while the incident is being managed; Anglo American's employee assistance program has also been made available to provide support and counselling to employees as required," it said in a company statement.

This incident is the second time a worker has been killed by an exploding tyre at an Anglo American coal mine.

Last year a coronial inquest was carried out into the death of Wayne Robert MacDonald in 2010 at Anglo American's Foxleigh coal mine, after he was killed when changing a tyre on a trailer.

In 2011, three workers were taken to hospital after a truck tyre explosion at BMA's Peak Downs coal mine.

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