Body Recovered From Queensland Coal Mine

September 18, 2021 Updated: September 18, 2021

The body of a miner who died when a roof collapsed a coal mine in central Queensland has been recovered.

“We can confirm that Queensland Police Service has recovered the body of our deceased co-worker, Graham Dawson, 62, from Crinum underground mine this afternoon,” operator Mastermyne said in a statement on Saturday.

All operational activities at the Sojitz’s Gregory Crinum mine remain suspended and will not resume until further notice, and in consultation with Dawson’s family.

Sunday marks a century since 75 people were killed in an explosion at Mount Mulligan coal mine, about 160 kilometres west of Cairns.

Queensland Resources Minister Scott Stewart said the centenary is significant in light of the death at the Gregory Crinum mine.

“Everyone has a role to play in keeping our resources workers safe,” Stewart told AAP ahead of the centenary event.