The Queensland Government has vowed to investigate the death of a coal miner near the town of Emerald overnight.
The man, aged in his 60s, suffered significant injuries after part of the ceiling and wall of the Gregory Crinum Mine, north of the agriculture and mining town of Emerald, collapsed.
He died at the scene, while two other men were hospitalised.
The man’s family were notified of his death this morning.
The union, CMFEU Mining and Energy, said it was “shocked and saddened” by the death.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased mineworker,” CMFEU said.
“Union check inspectors are attending the site and will undertake a thorough, independent investigation.”
Resources Minister Scott Stewart paid tribute to the efforts of first responders.
“Any loss of life on our mine sites is unacceptable,” Mr Stewart said.
“It is my expectation that the Mines Inspector will investigate this incident thoroughly and with diligence.”
A man, believed to be in his 20s, was injured and airlifted to hospital in a serious condition with pelvic and leg injuries.
A third person was taken to Emerald Hospital in a stable condition after suffering a “medical event”.
Police told 9News they were called to the mine following reports of the collapse at Lilyvale at 11pm, with investigations into the incident underway.
Workplace Health and Safety will take the lead on the investigation.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk offered her condolences to the late miner’s family.
“I can assure Queenslanders this matter will have a thorough investigation by Resources Health and Safety Queensland,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
Minerals Council of Australia CEO Tania Constable also expressed her condolences.
“We acknowledge the additional impact on friends, emergency responders and colleagues and we wish the two injured workers well on their recovery,” she said.
“The minerals industry is committed to, and working hard on, eliminating fatalities, injuries and occupational illnesses, with a strong focus on building and sustaining respectful workplaces.”