TRAGEDY: Mine worker confirmed dead after wall collapse

MIDDLEMOUNT Coal has confirmed the death of a mine worker at its site on Wednesday afternoon.

Middlemount Coal CEO Gerrie Jordaan said there would be a full investigation and he would provide more information when it was available.

"It is with great sadness that Middlemount Coal regrets to advise of the loss of one of its valuable team
members in a mine site incident this afternoon," he said.

"The details of the incident are now the subject of a full investigation to which Middlemount Coal will offer
its full cooperation.

"We are working closely with emergency services and relevant authorities on this incident.

"Operations at Middlemount Mine have been suspended until further notice.

"The welfare of the family of the deceased and the safety of our people are our highest priorities.

"We extend our deepest sympathies to family and friends at this time and we have offered the company's
full support to them to deal with their devastating loss.

"We are deeply saddened by this news."

6:15pm: Rescue crews are still unable to reach the operator trapped after a mine wall collapse at the Middlemount Coal Mine, according to QAS ad QFES spokespersons.

It is understood the company will be making a statement shortly. 

At this stage, the condition of the trapped miner is unknown. 

More to come 

3.50PM: Rescue crews are unable to reach an operator who has been entrapped inside a digger after the contents of a mine wall collapsed this afternoon. 

 The area has been deemed "unsafe" and Queensland Ambulance Services and fire crews are on scene waiting for emergency crews to stabilise the area.   

A spokesperson for QAS said the rescue mission will be "protracted" and it is expected the operator won't be accessed until tonight.   

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokesperson confirmed it will be some time before the operator is reached.   

The safety of everyone involved in accessing the person is being considered.   

More to follow.   

2.50PM: EMERGENCY services are currently trying to retrieve a miner who is trapped inside a digger after a mine wall collapse at Middlemount Coal Mine.

The digger was on a shelf on a mine wall when the wall collapsed and trapped the operator inside.

The first fire crew arrived at the mine at about 2.40pm.

Two fire crews are currently on scene and three more are on route to the Dysart Middlemount Rd.

There are no details of the injuries or condition.

Middlemount Coal Mine is an open-cut mine located approximately 90 kilometres north-east of Emerald and some 7 kilometres west of the township of Middlemount in Queensland's Bowen Basin.

The mine produces medium-volatile pulverized coal injection (PCI) coal and semi-hard coking coal for the export market. Middlemount has contracted rail and port capacity through Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal (DBCT) and Abbot Point Port (APCT).

More to follow.

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