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Employer

Mount Isa Mines, operated by Glencore

Incident

Burn injuries from steam vent incident

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Introduction
Two contract workers have sustained critical injuries following a severe burn incident at the Mount Isa Mines copper smelter in Queensland.

Details of the Incident
The accident occurred when a steam vent unexpectedly opened near the workers during their shift. A 26-year-old man has been severely burnt, covering 60% of his body from the neck down, and is now in an induced coma at a Brisbane hospital. The second victim, a 25-year-old, suffered extensive burns to 50% of his face and neck.

Current Status and Company Response
Following the incident, operations at the smelter have been halted. Glencore, the company overseeing the smelter, confirmed the suspension of activities and is cooperating with authorities. Both men were initially treated at Mount Isa Base Hospital before being airlifted to the Royal Brisbane Hospital’s burns unit.

Investigation and Safety Measures
Resources Safety and Health Queensland (RSHQ) has initiated a full investigation, with inspectors already on site to ensure comprehensive fact-finding. The focus is on understanding the sequence of events leading to the incident and preventing future occurrences.

Authorities’ Reaction
Queensland’s Minister for Resources and Critical Minerals, Scott Stewart, expressed his concern for the injured workers and emphasized the importance of a thorough investigation to ascertain the cause and ensure the safety of all workers.

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