Tri Q Group chairman Greg Thomsen (centre), general manager Bernie Scott and operations manager John Kraft secure the Moranbah site after Tuesday's fatality.
Tri Q Group chairman Greg Thomsen (centre), general manager Bernie Scott and operations manager John Kraft secure the Moranbah site after Tuesday's fatality. Alaina Earl

Explosion claims life of father

A SMALL group of workers gathered in front of a Moranbah industrial site Tuesday morning, where, just hours earlier, an explosion claimed the life of a young father.

Pale and visibly shaken, the men shared a few consoling hugs between them.

The incident occurred just before 7am. Police, paramedic and fire crews rushed to the scene - Tri Q Moranbah, a not-for-profit mining support service organisation on Goonyella Rd, between the Moranbah Recycle Shop and Moranbah Motorcycle Riders Club.

The 22-year-old was the proud father of a newborn boy, just two weeks old.

A family member described him as a "great guy" who would be "sadly missed".

A Caboolture man, he had recently moved to Moranbah to work at Tri Q.

He was not a full-time resident of the region.

Tuesday was his second day on the job, Tri Q Group chairman Greg Thomsen said.

He was killed instantly as a result of the explosion.

It was believed he was welding in an outside work area around gas bottles and diesel fuel prior to the explosion, a police spokesman said.

No one else was injured and very little structural damage was done.

However, the exact cause of the explosion was not known late Tuesday.

The incident is being investigated by Moranbah police and Workplace Health and Safety inspectors.

Mr Thomsen, who visited the site, said counselling had been arranged for the eight staff members who had been there when the explosion occurred.

"It was quite distressing to the staff who were onsite this (Tuesday) morning," he said.

Police will compile a report for the coroner.

A Workplace Health and Safety spokesman confirmed the incident was being investigated.



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