A 19-year-old-man is in a stable condition in Townsville Hospital this afternoon after an accident at a Cooktown quarry yesterday.
The Queensland Mines Inspectorate says a team of inspectors is on site at the quarry and has commenced an investigation into the incident.
It follows a string of six workplace fatalities in Queensland’s mining and quarrying sector in the past 12 months, sparking a plan for an industry-wide ‘safety reset’ .
The Queensland Ambulance Service was called to the scene yesterday morning, treating the man for head injuries and transporting him in a critical condition to Cooktown Hospital before his transfer to Townsville.
The Australian Workers’ Union (AWU) Queensland Branch Secretary Steve Baker said the union’s primary concerns were for the welfare of the young man and the welfare of his family and friends.
“The AWU wants to see yesterday’s incident thoroughly investigated by the mining regulator to get to the bottom of what has occurred,” he said.
“The AWU is committed to making sure that any safety problems are identified, and for those safety problems to be addressed and has also actively been pushing to change the health and safety culture within the industry.”