Jan 16, 2020

Tyre-fitting ban directive at fatal mine accident site

Tyre-fitting ban directive at fatal mine accident site

Curragh mine owner Coronado Global Resources has revealed a ban on relevant tyre and wheel-rim fitting activities at the coal site after Sunday’s fatal accident.

All operations at the Blackwater mine have been suspended since Thiess employee Donald Rabbitt (pictured) was killed during a tyre change in the main workshop.

The company today announced that operations would gradually resume in parts of the operation from tomorrow (January 17) at the earliest.

But it said the Queensland Mines Inspectorate had issued a directive after the workshop death that all relevant tyre and wheel-rim fitting activities be suspended until inspectors were satisfied the activities could recommence safely.

“Coronado will not permit these activities on its site until both the company and the Inspectorate are satisfied with with safety of these activities,” Coronado stated in a written update to the ASX this morning.

Coronado chief executive officer Gerry Spindler said the company’s priority remained the welfare and safety of its employees and contractors as well as supporting the family and all those impacted by the accident.

“Our hearts go out to those mourning the loss of a loved one, friend and valued colleague,” he said.

“Coronado is conducting a full investigation to understand the causes of this incident and continues to support the third-party reviews underway.”

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