Coronado stops Curragh tyre-related activities

Coronado Global Resources has suspended all tyre and wheel rim fitting activities at the Curragh mine in Queensland’s Bowen Basin following an incident last week.

Operations at the mine site were ceased after a Thiess contract employee was involved in a fatal accident during a tyre change activity in the mine’s main workshop.

The Queensland Mines Inspectorate (QMI), as well as other relevant authorities including Queensland police were called to the site near Blackwater to start a full investigation.

The QMI ordered that all tyre and wheel rim fitting jobs must be postponed until it is satisfied that these operations could safely recommence.

“Coronado will not permit these activities on site until both the company and the Inspectorate are satisfied with the safety of these activities,” the company stated in a media release.

“Coronado is supportive of this directive and all efforts to improve safety at all our operations.”

Curragh mine workers have been attending return to work safety sessions at the site since last Thursday.

Coronado and Thiess employees, and their families, have also been provided with counselling to support them during this time.

“Our priority remains the welfare and safety of our employees and contractors and supporting the family and all those impacted at this sad time,” Coronado chief executive Gerry Spindler said.

“Our hearts go out to those mourning the loss of a loved one, friend and valued colleague.”