Authorities are investigating the death of a worker at BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance’s Saraji open-cut coal mine last night.
A spokesman for the company said the circumstances surrounding the man’s death were still being established.
“It is with great sadness BMA regrets to advise an incident occurred at Saraji Mine near Moranbah last night, which resulted in the death of one of our people,” the spokesman said.
“The site Incident Management Team has been activated, and the emergency services, including police, are attending the scene.
“BMA is working closely with the relevant authorities on this incident.
“The welfare of the family of the deceased and the safety of our people are our highest priorities.”
Mine operations have been suspended until further notice.
CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland president Stephen Smyth said news of the fatality would be a blow to the whole mining community.
“We are devastated to start the new year in this way, with a worker not making it home at the end of his shift,” Mr Smyth said.
“On behalf of the union, we extend our sincere condolences to loved ones and workmates.”
CFMEU representatives are on site at Saraji conducting their own investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fatality.
Mr Smyth called on BHP and the Department of Mines and Natural Resources to ensure their investigations were open and transparent and addressed all safety concerns at the site.
The Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy said the Queensland Mines Inspectorate and police had been notified about the fatality.
“As the investigation is underway, we are unable to comment further at this stage,” the spokeswoman said.