A man who was injured in a workplace incident at a Queensland underground mine early this month has passed away.
The incident occurred on February 1 at a north west Queensland mining site, about 38 kilometres north east of Cloncurry.
The man had been transferred to Cairns for rehabilitation after leaving hospital but died suddenly on Friday afternoon.
Details concerning the initial incident remain scarce but a statement released by the Queensland-based mine where the man was working said an investigation to establish the cause is the incident is currently underway.
The sad news comes after a man was killed and another seriously injured in an explosion at a central Queensland coal mine on Monday morning. Police said a tyre exploded at the Dawson Coal Mine near Moura shortly before 6.am on Monday. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.
The mining industry suffered its first fatality for 2015 last month when a Pilbara mine worker was crushed to death by a metal plate which fell from a bulldozer. Preliminary investigations showed the man was doing maintenance work on the dozer and was trying to remove a belly plate which fell on him.
Over the five years from 2007–08 to 2011–12, 36 mining workers died from work-related injuries—21 of which involved a vehicle. The total number of deaths equates to 3.84 fatalities per 100 000 workers and according to Safe Work Australia, this is almost 70% higher than the national rate of 2.29.
Recent statistics from Safe Work Australia show as at 16 February 2015, three Australian mine workers have been killed while at work.