Anglo American is considering longwall automation as a way to improve safety at the Grosvenor coal mine in Queensland.
The Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry will commence public hearings next month after being set up following Anglo American’s gas ignition event at the Grosvenor coal mine.
An Anglo American spokesperson has informed Safe to Work that elevated gas readings that occurred at the Grosvenor mine site last month “may have been an indicator of a brief ignition event.”
The Queensland Government has appointed a mine safety board of inquiry to investigate more than 40 methane gas incidents in Queensland’s underground coal mines since mid-2019.
The Queensland Mines Inspectorate (QMI) is progressing an investigation into a gas ignition event that shut down Anglo American’s Grosvenor coal mine earlier this month.
Anglo American has confirmed an ignition of methane took place at the Grosvenor underground coal mine in central Queensland last week.
Anglo American’s survey of female equipment and facilities at some of its central Queensland coal mines have created a backlash among its participants, according to CFMEU Mining and Energy.