Ipswich man identified as miner killed at Carborough Downs
CFMEU Mining and Energy said a lantern was lit and respects paid to Mr Duxbury at the Moranbah Miners’ Memorial tonight (November 26).
Fitzroy Australia Resources chief executive officer Grant Polwarth said the 57-year-old was a long-term Carborough Downs employee and a valued member of the Fitzroy team.
“We are all extremely saddened by this tragic incident and we extend our deepest sympathies to Brad’s family and friends,” he said.
Police and the Queensland Mines Inspectorate are conducting investigations into the incident, which happened about 11.50pm Monday.
CFMEU Queensland District president Stephen Smyth called for ‘real change and action’ after the latest accident.
It is the seventh death in Queensland mines and quarries in the past 18 months and comes after an industry-wide safety reset aimed at preventing more fatalities.
Among the measures Mr Smyth has been calling for is that the State Government introduce industrial manslaughter legislation to the sector.
A draft Industrial Manslaughter Bill is expected to be introduced to State Parliament next year.
Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker today extended condolences to the family, friends and colleagues impacted by this tragedy.
Only this month the community gathered to witness the unveiling of the new Moranbah Miners’ Memorial paying tribute to those who have lost their lives in the region’s mines over the years.
“As a coal-producing region whose communities and history is closely tied to the workforces of our local mines, any tragedy reaches deep into the hearts of all our residents,” she said.
“While the circumstances of this tragedy will be subject to further investigation by the mine operator and authorities, right now our focus is on supporting our community in its grief.
“Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies are with all affected and we sincerely respect the privacy of the families experiencing such pain and heartache during this highly emotional time.”