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Watch over your mates after tragedy

EMPLOYEES of TriQ Moranbah, where an explosion claimed the life of a young man on Tuesday, have been encouraged to look out for one another following the tragedy.

TriQ Group chairman Greg Thomsen said the employees had been given the day off yesterday because counselling had been arranged and would return to work today.

"It was a very unfortunate, tragic incident... very traumatic for the workers involved," Mr Thomsen said.

They were the first on the scene and Mr Thomsen said the Triple Zero call occurred immediately after the explosion. The workers had been asked to look out for one another, he said.

TriQ, a not-for-profit mining support service organisation, has been closed since the explosion.

Minor damage occurred at the site.

However, equipment and electrical wiring has been checked as a precaution.

The incident, which occurred shortly before 7am in an outside work area, is being investigated by Moranbah police and Workplace Health and Safety inspectors.

The 22-year-old's extended family was still being informed yesterday.

The father of a two-week-old baby boy was from the Caboolture area and had only recently moved to Moranbah for work.

Tuesday was his second day at TriQ.

A police spokesman confirmed a flammable liquid caused the spark.

The man was killed instantly.

He had been welding near gas bottles and diesel fuel prior to the explosion.

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