Name of man who died underground at Grasstree Mine released
Update 11.15am: ANGLO American have released the name of the electrician who died while completing maintenance work underground at Grasstree Mine.
On Tuesday afternoon, an employee at Grasstree mine, 34-year-old electrician Paul McGuire, was fatally injured while completing maintenance work underground.
Mine personnel found Mr McGuire in an unresponsive state, immediately commenced resuscitation and transported him to the surface where the resuscitation was continued.
Emergency service crews arrived soon after but sadly Paul was officially pronounced deceased by ambulance officers.
Anglo American is currently working closely with the Queensland Police Service and the Mines Inspectorate as they conduct a thorough investigation into why this fatality occurred.
Investigations are continuing, but it is believed the incident may have occurred when Mr McGuire entered an area of the mine in which there was an irrespirable atmosphere. An exact cause is still to be determined.
No other personnel were injured in this incident.
Operations at the mine were temporarily suspended on Tuesday and all personnel were removed from the underground workings in an orderly way. Operations are expected to resume today after a detailed briefing is given to the oncoming shift.
The company is supporting Paul's family during this difficult time and counselling services have been made available to family members as well as other employees.
Our focus remains on the safety and wellbeing of all employees and contractors at Grasstree.
Further information will be provided as appropriate.
DEPARTMENT of Natural Resources and Mines spokesperson said mine inspectors were working with Anglo American to investigate the cause of the fatality.
"Mine management reported that an electrician working underground was discovered unconscious at approximately 3pm on 6 May 2014," the spokesperson said.
"The worker was taken to the surface where attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.
"Preliminary indications suggest the electrician entered a closed area of the underground mine workings and may have been asphyxiated by a noxious atmosphere."
The spokesperson said Anglo American had withdrawn its underground workforce as a precaution.
"Police and two mines inspectors were onsite at Grasstrees mine overnight," the spokesperson said.
"A further two senior mines inspectors are arriving this morning to commence the investigation.
"The investigation report will be provided to the Coroner who will determine cause of death."
10.25AM: MINING giant AngloAmerican has issued a statement about the incident a Grasstree Mine where a worker died yesterday.
AngloAmerican says yesterday afternoon an employee at the Grasstree mine was found collapsed while working
"Personnel responded and tried to revive the employee underground before bringing the employee to the surface where they unsuccessfully continued the resuscitation.
"Anglo American is working with the Mines Inspectorate and the Queensland Police Service to conduct a thorough investigation into this fatality.
"Counselling services have been made available to the deceased employee's family and all other employees.
"No other personnel were injured in this incident.
"The safety and wellbeing of all employees and contractors at the Grasstree operation is AngloAmerican's number one priority.
"Further information will be provided as it comes to hand."
It is believed the Grasstree Mine worker was an electrician.
The Queensland Mines Department said the worker may have died from asphyxiation after entering closed area of mine.
GRASSTREE Mine is currently under investigation for the death of one of its workers.
The Miners' Union says a worker has been killed at the Middlemount mine.
Operations at the mine have ceased while investigations are done.
More to come.