Man killed changing a tyre

A UNION boss says it's too early to decide whether further action will be taken following the death of a 53-year-old miner at the weekend.

"It's too early to make any decisions as the investigation is still underway," CFMEU District Secretary Jim Valery said today.

Operations at the Foxleigh mine near Middlemount were suspended after the miner was killed when the truck tyre he was changing exploded.

The incident occurred about 6am on Saturday at the mine, 15km west of Middlemount.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was working for the LCR Group which is contracted by Anglo Coal to transport coal at the mine.

He was changing a tyre on a triple-B coal haulage truck when he was killed.

It was the first fatality at the mine since Anglo Coal took a majority share in 2007.

A police spokeswoman said local police attended and a report was being prepared for the coroner.

An Anglo American spokesperson said they were giving their full co-operation to the Department of Mines and Energy which is investigating the incident.

"The deceased man's family has been notified.

"Anglo American and LCR Group are working together to offer the family every support, including travel, accommodation and counselling services. Employees are receiving counselling services as required."

The spokesperson said the health and safety of employees and contractors was the number one priority of the company.



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