Two deaths in four days shocks south west mining community

The entrance to the site where an Ostwald Brothers employee died on Friday.
The entrance to the site where an Ostwald Brothers employee died on Friday. Lucy Killip

THE south west Queensland mining community has been hit hard with two fatalities in four days.

A 29-year-old male died as a result of injuries from an operational incident at about 8.45am Monday at Origin's Reedy Creek work site.

The Gold Coast man was a contractor for Origin Energy and a WDS employee.

WDS Limited CEO Terry Chapman said the company was shocked and saddened to learn of the fatality and  was doing everything possible to support the employee's family.

"Nothing is more important to WDS than the safety of its workers and we will work with Workplace Health and Safety Queensland to thoroughly investigate all aspects of this tragic event," Mr Chapman said.  

Construction activities in the immediate vicinity of the incident have been suspended and WDS employees on the site will be offered counselling.

Monday morning's tragedy follows the death of an Ostwald Bros employee on Friday morning.

The 34-year-old male had failed to appear at a morning meeting and was found deceased in his room at the construction project at Eurombah Creek, north of Roma.

Ostwald Bros released a statement confirming the company were working with ambulance and police services on site to determine the circumstances of the employee's death.

"The company has offered counselling support and assistance to the deceased's family as well as all their employees and will continue to make that support available as needed," the statement said.

South west emergency services were also called to the scene of a fatal traffic crash east of Dulacca on Friday afternoon. 


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