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Exploding tyre kills coal miner

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A worker is dead and another person has been injured after a truck tyre exploded at Dawson mine in central Queensland.

The tyre on a large mining truck exploded at the mine, just outside Moura, about 4.30am (AEST) on Monday.

The second person suffered a shoulder injury and was taken to the local hospital, an ambulance spokesman said.

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This was the latest in a string of similar fatalities that has unions considering the need for a new education campaign and better inspection processes to ensure dangerous tyres are not left on vehicles.

CFMEU senior vice president Mitch Hughes told AAP it was unclear if the incident happened during a tyre change or whether the men were simply standing beside the truck when the tyre exploded.

He said a number of factors could cause tyres on large mining vehicles to explode, including damage caused by rocks, heat, and general wear and tear.

But he said it was best practice to release pressure from tyres before they were changed to eliminate the risk of explosions.

This was the fifth mine accident involving a tyre explosion in recent years. Four other men have been killed by tyres since 1996.

On Friday, Anglo American announced it would be selling its stakes in the Dawson and Foxleigh mines, both in Queensland’s Bowen Basin.

—with AAP.

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