A worker has been killed at a central Queensland coal mine, the sixth mining and quarry worker death in the last 12 months.
The tragedy happened at the Baralaba North Mine at around 2am on Sunday and was followed by a serious accident of another worker at a North Queensland coal mine.
Paramedics were called to Glencore's Collinsville Coal Mine around 8am Sunday, after a worker fell between 18 to 20 metres at the site’s coal washery.
The worker, a man aged in his 50s suffered suspected back and pelvis injuries.
Queensland Mines Minister Anthony Lynham released a statement following the tragedy:
"I have been informed today of the tragic death of a mine worker at Baralaba and another serious incident this morning at Collinsville.
I am extremely distressed and concerned that there has been six mining and quarry worker deaths in the last 12 months.
The loss of a life in any workplace at any time is not acceptable. Families should be able to expect that when their loved ones depart for work that they return safe.
I will be following up on discussions held last week by meeting with representatives of the mining industry, including the Queensland Resources Council, CFMEU and AWU and my Department, as a matter of urgency.
I will be making it absolutely clear that this situation is unacceptable and requires action.
I will make further announcements on what action will be taken by this Government after I have considered all the relevant information and outcomes from the meeting.
I offer my deepest sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased."