Mount Perry man dies in mining accident
A 27-YEAR-OLD Mount Perry man has been killed in an industrial accident at the Baralaba North Coal Mine.
Jack Gerdes was working at the mine in the early hours of Sunday morning when the tragic incident occurred.
The operators of the mine, Golding Contractors, confirmed the identity of the deceased through a statement on Monday evening.
"We can now confirm the deceased was Jack Gerdes, an experienced mining operator, who had been engaged at Baralaba since December 2018. He had previously worked for Golding at another project for a number of years,” the statement read.
"At approximately 1.30am on Sunday 7 July, Mr Gerdes was delivered to an excavator in the open mining pit where his task was to commence waste mining activities.
"The operator of the first truck to present for loading received no response from Mr Gerdes and exited the truck to check on him. Subsequently the truck operator initiated the emergency response.
"Emergency responders attended the scene quickly and found Mr Gerdes on the stairs of the excavator with injuries to his head, face and limbs. Mr Gerdes was transported to Baralaba hospital, 5km away.
"It is believed that Mr Gerdes became caught between the body of the excavator and the safety rails of the stairs, sustaining injuries as the stairs descended. At this point, it remains unclear as to how this sequence of events occurred and this remains the focus of the investigation.
Councillor John Bowen, who represents Mount Perry on the North Burnett Regional Council, said the town was in a state of shock.
"The community is shocked that one of its young locals has been killed and taken away from the community,” said Cr Bowen.
"The small community will rally around each other,” he added.
Mr Gerdes family have declined to speak to the media.