May 23, 2020

Grosvenor gas explosion survivors now stable

Grosvenor gas explosion survivors now stable

Four miners critically injured in the Grosvenor mine gas explosion are now in a stable condition.

The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital reported on Friday afternoon that all had improved to stable.

The blast at the Anglo American-owned mine near Moranbah on May 6 has sparked a Queensland mine safety board of inquiry.

Terms of reference released on Thursday show that 27 ‘high potential incidents’ (HPIs) at Grosvenor coal mine are among multiple cases of excess methane gas levels within the past year to be probed.

Anglo American says that its goes beyond the regulatory requirements at its mines by having a higher number of methane sensors and that many of the HPIs were from methane exceedances picked up by these additional sensors.

Five workers were airlifted to Brisbane after suffering serious burns the underground explosion at the Grosvenor longwall mine.

In addition to the four critically ill men, aged in their 40s and early 50s, whose condition has now stabilised was 44-year-old Moranbah man Turi Wiki, who was released from hospital this week.

A fundraising campaign for the injured men and their families, launched by their B Crew Longwall Team colleagues, has passed the $200,000 mark.

More than 1200 people have contributed, with donations to date including $10,000 from One Key Resources and $5000 from Undamine.

  • To visit the GoFundMe page for the injured workers click HERE

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