May 20, 2020

More experts join Grosvenor blast investigations

More experts join Grosvenor blast investigations

An official investigation team of nine inspectors at the Grosvenor coal mine gas explosion site will be bolstered this week by two experts in the field of ventilation, gas management and geotechnical management.

A Queensland Mines Inspectorate spokesman said yesterday that QMI’s team remained on site at the Bowen Basin mine progressing its investigation into the gas ignition event that caused injuries to five workers.

The underground longwall operations remain suspended and under the control of the QMI.

“The collection of evidence and reconstruction of the scene prior to the gas ignition event is being progressed this week,” the spokesman said.

“The QMI investigation team on site includes nine inspectors with specialist expertise in mechanical, electrical, mining, and geological disciplines.

“They will be joined on site later this week by two experts in the field of ventilation, gas management and geotechnical management to support the investigation.”

He said QMI would continue interviews with coal mine workers as part of the ongoing investigation.

Five men – employees of contractor One Key Resources – were flown to Brisbane suffering burns after the incident at the Anglo American-owned operation on May 6.

Four remain in a critical condition in the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

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