Anglo American suspends operations at Australian coal mine after fatal accident
16 February 2015
A coal miner has been killed and another man seriously injured early on February 16 after a tyre exploded at Anglo American’s Dawson coal mine in Queensland, and the company said it had suspended operations at the mine following the incident. A Queensland police spokesman said a truck tire exploded while it was being inflated during a tire change.
The Dawson mine, Anglo American's third biggest coal mine in Australia, produced 4.24 million tonnes of metallurgical coal and thermal coal for export in 2014. It is located near Moura in the lower Bowen Basin, 140 kilometres southwest of Gladstone.
Anglo American and its contractor at the mine, Leighton Holdings, gave no further information. The company said that emergency services were immediately notified, with the Queensland Mines Inspectorate already on their way to the site.
"We will work closely with the inspectorate to conduct a thorough investigation to determine how this incident occurred," Anglo American said in a statement.
This incident is the second time a worker has been killed by an exploding tyre at an Anglo American coal mine. In 2010 a worker was killed at Anglo American's Foxleigh coal mine when changing a tyre on a trailer.
In 2011, three workers were taken to hospital after a truck tyre explosion at BMA's Peak Downs coal mine.
This incident comes soon after Anglo American announced plans to sell its Dawson, Foxleigh and Callide coal mines in Queensland, and the Dartbrook coal mine in New South Wales. The move comes after a company-wide asset review aimed at streamlining its coal portfolio.