MINE DEATH AN ‘ACCIDENT’
A CORONER has ruled the death of contract boilermaker Daniel Springer at a CQ mine “a tragic accident”.
The father, 30, died on August 5, 2017, while removing a damaged curved external wear plate from an excavator bucket onsite at BMA’s Goonyella Riverside mine.
An Independent Mining Services worker, Mr Springer had been cutting a 2m x 3.4m wear plate into smaller pieces when a section sprang out 1.15m, due to stored energy, fatally striking him in the head.
A five-day inquest, under Coroner Nerida Wilson, found: “Daniel’s death is a tragic accident... I am left in no doubt that had Daniel known and understood the risks he would not have proceeded as he did.”