Middlemount Coal has confirmed in a statement that the digger operator involved in the mining incident this week was found deceased.
Statement from Gerrie Jordaan, CEO Middlemount Coal Pty Ltd.
It is with great sadness that Middlemount Coal regrets to advise of the loss of one of its valuable team members in a mine site incident this afternoon.
The details of the incident are now the subject of a full investigation to which Middlemount Coal will offer its full cooperation.
We are working closely with emergency services and relevant authorities on this incident.
Operations at Middlemount Mine have been suspended until further notice.
The welfare of the family of the deceased and the safety of our people are our highest priorities.
We extend our deepest sympathies to family and friends at this time and we have offered the company’s full support to them to deal with their devastating loss.
We are deeply saddened by this news and will provide more information as it is available.