Today is Miners Memorial Day, a date for loved ones to remember those killed on one of Queensland’s mine sites, often leaving behind a partner or wife and many loved ones.
Today is Miners Memorial Day, a date for loved ones to remember those killed on one of Queensland’s mine sites, often leaving behind a partner or wife and many loved ones. Candyce Braithwaite

Remembering those 11 killed at Moura

IT HAS been almost two decades since Queensland's last major mining disaster at Moura killed 11 workers in 1994.

But for Rachel Blee, who lost her husband in 2007, any death is a catastrophe.

Today is Miners Memorial Day, a date for loved ones to remember those killed on one of Queensland's mine sites, often leaving behind a partner or wife and many loved ones.

It marks the anniversary of the 1921 Mount Mulligan coal mining disaster in north Queensland, a gas explosion which killed 75.

Since 1882, more than 1470 lives have been lost in the state's resources industry.

Rachel's husband, Jason, was killed after being pinned between a shuttle car and a wall as a contractor working on the Moranbah North coal mine.

When she was told by two police officers that the love of her life and father of her four children was gone, her life changed.

Rachel has since formed a group with mine safety researcher Mark Parcell - A Miner's Legacy - to help workers not only consider the risks on mine sites, but also how best to prepare for the worst.

For Rachel, today's memorial day in Townsville is about Jason.

"It goes for an hour with a few minutes silence," she said.

"It's to reflect on what we have lost."

Mr Parcell said miners treated the day akin to Anzac Day for defence personnel, it was about commemorating fallen friends.

"It's for those families to say, 'You are not forgotten. Your husband or partner has not died in vain'."

"Mine safety has improved and I hope things like this bring it to the forefront of peoples mind."



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