Saraji mineworker fatality a tragic start to 2019

Published: 1 Jan 2019

The death of a mineworker in an accident at BHP’s Saraji mine at Dysart in Central Queensland overnight is a tragic start to 2019.

CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland President Stephen Smyth said news of the fatality would be a blow to the whole mining community.

“We are devastated to start the new year in this way, with a worker not making it home at the end of his shift,” said Mr Smyth.

“On behalf of the Union, we extend our sincere condolences to loved ones and workmates.”

CFMEU Industry Safety and Health Representatives are on site at Saraji conducting their own investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fatality.

Mr Smyth called on BHP and the Department of Mines and Natural Resources to ensure their investigations are open and transparent and address all safety concerns at the site.

“We will be talking to our members at Saraji to understand their concerns and make sure they are addressed.

“The company and the regulator have an obligation to investigate this incident thoroughly, as well as  look at the overall safety culture on site.”

Production at the site has stopped for 24 hours while investigations take place.