Five injured in Qld coal mine blast

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Five workers at the Anglo American Grosvenor coal mine have been seriously injured after an underground explosion on Wednesday afternoon.

Workers at the mine, which is approximately 200km south-west of Mackay, were treated by Queensland Ambulance for “significant” burns, says the AFR.

“All of the injured people’s families have been contacted,” an Anglo American spokeswoman said.

“The mines inspectorate has been contacted and Anglo American is working to ensure the injured people have the best available medical care.”

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The mine has been evacuated with operations suspended.

Queensland Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said his thoughts and prayers were with the injured, their families and workmates.

“They are in the best of hands with Queensland’s world class medical teams in our public hospitals,” Dr Lynham said.

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“I‘m advised that two mines inspectors are on site, and two more will arrive tomorrow [May 7], including the Deputy Chief Inspector of Mines.

“All other workers are accounted for and operations have ceased.

“Worker safety is in this government’s DNA and I expect a thorough independent investigation by the mine safety regulator.”