Four miners in central Queensland are fighting for life as one begins to recover from a mining explosion
Four miners horribly burned by an underground gas explosion continue fighting for their lives – while their devastated colleagues raise $ 80,000 in hours
- Five people were seriously injured in a mining explosion at Moranbah in Central Queensland
- Emergency hospital with severe burns to their upper body and respiratory system
- Four fight for their lives in critical condition, while the other is stable
- Colleagues raised $ 82,000 for their future treatment within 24 hours
- The explosion took place at the Grosvenor coal mine, operated by Anglo American
Four miners are still fighting for their lives on fans after an underground explosion in a coal mine, while a fifth is steadily improving.
The men, all with severe burns, recover in a Brisbane hospital after being transferred from the Grosvenor Coal Mine in Moranbah in central Queensland on Thursday.
They were part of the Longwell A crew working underground when the explosion sounded on Wednesday afternoon. The mining union believes a gas blast along a coal patch is to blame.
Colleagues of the ‘B’ team launched one GoFundMe appealed yesterday to support the long recovery ahead, and have already secured $ 82,000.
“This accident has shocked us all, and this is the least we can do to help their families,” the fundraiser read.
Four miners are fighting for life and a fifth are in a stable condition after an underground explosion at a coal mine in Queensland on Wednesday afternoon. The men were rushed to Brisbane for treatment
Four of the victims remain in critical condition on fans after the explosion burns most of their hull and airways.
A 44-year-old man has been gradually improving since the explosion and is now in a stable position, said a spokeswoman for Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.
The transfer from central Queensland to Brisbane was a complex medical evacuation involving five planes.
Four of the men aged 43, 45 and two aged 51 years were put in a coma to travel, The courier post reported.
All five now receive specialist care at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.
Senior medical officer Dr. Deborah Simmons, who was on site at the time of the explosion and reportedly saved their lives, said the men all remained calm during the aftermath.
The workers, all of whom suffered major burns, were flown to Brisbane at night in a complex medical evacuation with five planes. Four of the men reportedly had to be placed in induced comas to travel
“They were just talking about being in pain,” she said.
But she insisted that it was the local hospital nurses – who have capacity for two emergency patients at a time – who kept the men alive.
“It was this small country hospital with a two-bed emergency room that managed four patients who had to be intubated and ventilated for three hours and ready for the collection teams,” she said. “They are the ones who saved those people’s lives.”
The men’s colleagues said they will need comprehensive medical care well into the future, thanking the community for digging deep to fund the treatment.
Mine operator Anglo American evacuated the workplace (photo) and all other employees are responsible
“It really shows how much the mining community can work together if the chips run out,” said fundraising organizer Robin Buchanan.
Mine operator Anglo American evacuated the workplace and made sure that all other workers were accounted for after the explosion.
“Five people were injured and taken to hospital. All families of the injured have been contacted, “said a statement from the mining company.
Stephen Smyth, the mining and energy chairman of the Construction Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, said the explosion could have been catastrophic.
Before the explosion took place, hundreds of miners were working in the region.
Queensland Mines Secretary Anthony Lynham says four mine inspectors were already on site to conduct a preliminary investigation.
Four of the victims remain on critical condition fans in Brisbane after the explosion burned most of their torso and airways. They have been transferred from central Queensland