Facility

BHP Mitsubishi Alliance's (BMA) Saraji mine

Incident Type

Worker fatally injured by being crushed between two vehicles.

Date of Incident

January 15, 2024

Penalty Imposed

Not applicable at this stage, as investigations are ongoing.

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Introduction

A tragic accident at BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA)’s Saraji coal mine in Dysart, Central Queensland, has resulted in the death of Luke O’Brien, a 27-year-old worker, causing shock and sadness in the mining community.

Details of the Incident

Luke O’Brien was working in the fuel bay area of the Saraji mine when an interaction with two vehicles resulted in him being fatally crushed.  The young man suffered significant crush injuries after being trapped between two vehicles in the fuel-bay area of the mine on Monday afternoon. Despite being taken to the hospital, he succumbed to his injuries.

Operational Context

Resources Safety and Health Queensland (RSHQ) has launched a full investigation into the incident, with multiple investigators and inspectors examining the site. The police are also involved, preparing a report for the coroner.

Court’s Decision and Impact on Victims

No court proceedings are mentioned at this stage. The focus is currently on the investigation to determine the cause of the accident and to prevent future incidents. The Mining and Energy Union is also conducting its own investigation.

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