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Worker Killed at Curragh Coal Mine in Queensland

Coal News - Published on Thu, 16 Jan 2020

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A worker has died after reportedly becoming trapped in machinery at Curragh coal mine near Blackwater in central Queensland coal mine. The mining union the CFMEU Queensland president Stephen Smyth said "Our hearts go out to family, friends and loved ones. This is a terrible start to 2020. The industry must redouble efforts to end the tragic loss of life in our mines."

It's the eighth mining death in Queensland in the past two years. Late last year the state government vowed to get tough on mining bosses who fail to protect their workers. Under a bill to be considered by parliament this year, they could be jailed and hit with hefty fines for deaths on their mine sites. The government announced plans to create an industrial manslaughter offence for the resources sector after the November death of Brad Duxbury, 57, at Carborough Downs, also in central Queensland. The charge would carry a maximum 20-year sentence for company heads and fines of up to AUD 10 million for firms found to have been negligent.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 16 Jan 2020
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