Worker in mine tragedy remembered as devoted family man
Anglo American said Mr Hardwick had worked for the company in various capacities for the past 17 years, including 10 years at Moranbah North Mine.
He and his family lived in Moranbah and he was well known in the tight-knit Moranbah community, the company said in a statement this afternoon.
“Bradley was a valued and respected member of the Moranbah North team and he will be sadly missed. Bradley’s colleagues knew him as devoted family man and someone who was always willing to help others,” a spokeswoman said.
The accident in the mine’s access drift involved a grader Mr Hardwick was driving and a personnel carrier with 10 people on board.
Four employees who were taken to hospital for further treatment as a result of the collision were released yesterday.
Anglo American executive head of underground operations Glen Britton said the organisation’s thoughts and sympathies were with Mr Hardwick’s family at this very difficult time.
“Our focus is currently on supporting Bradley’s family and our colleagues. We have spent today talking to our employees about the incident and there is a great deal of shock and sadness,” he said.
“The Queensland Mines Inspectorate investigation is underway and the mine remains in shutdown until operations can be safely resumed.”
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