HEARINGS

Witnesses

The witnesses listed below were called to give evidence during public hearings.

Witness statements tendered as exhibits may be available from this website. 

Hearing times and witness availability are subject to change.

Tranche 2

Witness List

Week One

Day
Witness
Statements
9 March 2021
Stephen Smith – Regional Inspector of Mines
Resources Safety & Health Queensland
High Potential Incidents on Longwalls 103 & 104 at Grosvenor mine
Statutory Declaration – Stephen Smith
Day
Witness
Statements
10 March 2021
Stephen Smith – Regional Inspector of Mines
Resources Safety & Health Queensland
High Potential Incidents on Longwalls 103 & 104 at Grosvenor mine
Day
Witness
Statements
11 March 2021
Geoff Nugent – Inspector of Mines
Resources Safety & Health Queensland
Investigation into the serious accident on 6 May 2020 at Grosvenor mine, namely examination of injured coal mine workers’ clothing, review of SIMTARS site mapping data and review of Komatsu heat maps
Statutory Declaration – Geoff Nugent
11 March 2021
Neville Atkinson – Senior Inspector of Mines – Electrical
Resources Safety & Health Queensland
Electrical examination
Statutory Declaration – Neville Atkinson
11 March 2021
Murray Nystrom – Forensic Fire Investigator
Australian Forensic Pty Ltd
Fire investigation

Week Two

Day
Witness
Statements
15 March 2021
Marty Denham – Electrical Fire Investigator
QEC Global
Electrical fault investigation
15 March 2021
Rob Thomas – Principal Geotechnical Engineer
Strata2 Pty Ltd
Strata control investigation
Day
Witness
Statements
17 March 2021
Martin Watkinson – Executive Mining Engineer
SIMTARS
Methane exceedances on Longwall 104
Assessment of data for signs of spontaneous combustion
Day
Witness
Statements
18 March 2021
Sean Muller – Acting Senior Analytical Chemist
SIMTARS
Assessment of gas chromatograph data, spontaneous combustion

Week Three

Day
Witness
Statements
22 March 2021
Dr. Ray Williams – Consultant: coal mine gas management
Mahala.com Pty Ltd
Gas reservoir, emission and drainage investigation
Day
Witness
Statements
24 March 2021
Andrew Self – Consultant: coal mine systems
Australian Coal Mining Consultants Pty Ltd
Review of gas, ventilation and spontaneous combustion systems
Day
Witness
Statements
26 March 2021
Dr. Basil Beamish – Consultant: spontaneous combustion
B3 Mining Services Pty Ltd
Polyurethane resin and spontaneous combustion

Week Four

Day
Witness
Statements
29 March 2021
Dr. Ting Ren – Associate Professor in Mining Engineering
University of Wollongong
Continuous inertisation of active goafs

Week Five

Due to the COVID-19 lockdown for Greater Brisbane announced on 29 March 2021, the public hearings have been adjourned until Wednesday, 7 April 2021.

Day
Witness
Statements
7 April 2021
Bipin Parmar – Principal Engineer
SIMTARS
Polyurethane resin testing
7 April 2021
Wayne Sellars – Injured coal mine worker
Statement – Wayne Sellars
Day
Witness
Statements
9 April 2021
James Munday – Founder and Senior Fire Investigator
Fire Forensics Pty Ltd
Explosion and fire investigation
9 April 2021
Dr. Basil Beamish – Consultant: spontaneous combustion
B3 Mining Services Pty Ltd
Polyurethane resin and spontaneous combustion