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Moura 4 Mine 1986

16/07/1986 - Moura 4 Mine - Explosion / Gas Explosion, Coal Dust Explosion

At approximately 11:05 a.m. on 16th July, 1986 there was an explosion in Moura No. 4 Underground Mine in Central Queensland. The 12 miners who were extracting pillars in the Main Dips Section were killed. Their bodies were recovered on 23rd July, 1986 after an extensive recovery operation.

The mine plan showing photos of the effects of the explosion can be found here:

http://app.viznavigator.com/embed/F291E1C4

This accident claimed the lives of 12 people, these were: Brandt Afton Fechner, Carl Steivon Friske, Ernest Kevin Sleep, Kevin Ronald Keyworth, Lee Anthony McCulloch, Paul Allan Sainsbury, Paul Douglas Laing, Peter Vincent Waning, Raymond Charles Holton, Robert Turner, Scott Kenneth McPherson, Steven Craig Hull

Recommendations

1. FLAME SAFETY LAMPS

2. RESEARCH—FRICTIONAL IGNITION

3. RESEARCH—IGNITION BY OTHER UNDERGROUND APPARATUS

4. TRAINING

5. EMERGENCY PROCEDURES.

6. GAS ANALYSIS EQUIPMENT

7. AN AUTONOMOUS SAFETY IN MINES TESTING AND RESEARCH STATION AT REDBANK IN QUEENSLAND

8. INERTISATION

9. ALUMINIUM ALLOYS

10. CONTINUOUS MONITORING

11. PILLAR EXTRACTION

12. MONITORING OF OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENTS