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Worker killed at mine in Central Queensland

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It’s the eighth mining death in Queensland in the past two years.

A worker has died after reportedly becoming trapped in machinery at a central Queensland coal mine.

Emergency crews were called to the Curragh coal mine near Blackwater just before 4.30pm but the worker could not be saved.

Police are preparing a report for the coroner as workplace safety officials investigate the cause of the 33-year-old's death.

Comment has been sought from the mine's operator.

It's the eighth mining death in Queensland in the past two years.

Late last year the state government vowed to get tough on mining bosses who fail to protect their workers.

Under a bill to be considered by parliament this year, they could be jailed and hit with hefty fines for deaths on their mine sites.

The government announced plans to create an industrial manslaughter offence for the resources sector after the November death of Brad Duxbury, 57, at Carborough Downs, also in central Queensland.

The charge would carry a maximum 20-year sentence for company heads and fines of up to $10 million for firms found to have been negligent.

The mining union, the CFMEU, has also sent safety officers to the Curragh site.

"Our hearts go out to family, friends and loved ones," the union's Queensland president Stephen Smyth said in a statement.

"This is a terrible start to 2020. The industry must redouble efforts to end the tragic loss of life in our mines."

Source: 9News

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