Operator killed at CQ mine was Mackay family man
Mr Routledge, 56, from South Mackay, (pictured below with grandchildren) was described as an experienced operator who had worked at Middlemount mine for more than three years.
He was killed when a high wall in the opne-cut mine collapsed on his excavator, trapping him inisde.
“He was a highly valued member of our team and will be greatly missed by his workmates,” Middlemount Coal chief executive officer Gerri Jordaan said.
“We extend our deepest sympathies to David’s family, friends and colleagues. We are in contact with his family and have offered our full support to help them deal with their loss.
“Their welfare is our highest priority and we ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult time.”
Mr Jordaan said the details of the incident were the subject of a full investigation and operations at Middlemount mine had been suspended until further notice.
Isaac mayor Anne Baker said the tragedy reached deep into the hearts of the coal-producing region’s residents.
“On behalf of council and the community, I extend our deepest condolences to David’s family,” she said.
“Whilst the circumstances of this tragedy will be subject to investigation by the mine operator and authorities, right now our focus is on supporting the close-knit Middlemount community in its grief.
“We share in the pain of their loss as it is one that all of our communities have known. Tragically, this is the third loss of life in an Isaac region mine in the past six months following earlier incidents at Saraji Mine and Moranbah North Mine.
“It is a reminder of the inherent dangers our local workers face every day working in the resources sector.”