Dawson mine worker killed by exploding tyre
A worker at Anglo American’s Dawson coal mine in central Queensland was killed and another injured by an exploding mine truck tyre in the early hours of February 16.
Paramedics treated a 21-year-old man with suspected shoulder and chest fractures after being called to the mine in the lower Bowen Basin near the town of Moura at 4.50am, according to a statement by the Queensland Ambulance Service.
"He was taken by road to Theodore to be met by the CQ Rescue helicopter — it is not known at this stage which hospital he will be flown to," the statement said.
More details are coming through as police make their way to the remote scene. Statements are expected shortly from the police, Anglo American and contractor Leighton Holdings.
This is the third such incident in the past five years: Wayne Robert MacDonald was killed by an exploding prime mover tyre at Anglo American’s Foxleigh Mine on December 18, 2010, after some confusion over the correct tyre pressure; and in 2011 three workers at BHP Billiton's Peak Downs open-cut coal mine were injured when a tyre on a water truck burst.
The news comes just three days after Anglo American announced it would be selling its 51 percent stake in the Dawson mine and its 70 percent stake in the Foxleigh mine near Middlemount, also in the Bowen Basin.
The sale of these two open-cut coal mines is in addition to the already announced sales of Callide mine in Queensland and Dartbrook mine in New South Wales, the company said in a statement, "bringing the total sale portfolio to an annual 12.2 million tonnes of export production and 8.4 million tonnes of domestic production, and a combined resource base of over 2 billion tonnes".
Anglo American coal business CEO Seamus French says the four assets included in the sale package "represent an impressive resource base of high quality export coal, a long history of benchmark operational performance and good infrastructure access".
He says the company is streamlining its coal portfolio to focus capital on its priority assets, and these two mines no longer fit in to Anglo’s coal business portfolios in Australia and globally.
"While we are exploring a sale, we will be disciplined in our approach and if offers we receive are below what we consider fair value, we will not sell these assets; these are good assets," French says. "In the meantime, it will be business as usual for the operations."
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