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Operations at the Mitsubishi Corp. and BHP Group Ltd.-owned Saraji coal mine in Queensland, Australia, resumed after a person died in a machinery accident Dec. 31, 2018, Australian Mining reported.

The accident occurred when the dozer and dragline the worker was operating rolled from an elevated position, according to the Jan. 7 report. He died New Year's Eve, and the operations were suspended until Jan. 3 at the coal mine operated by BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance.

Meanwhile, CFMEU Mining and Energy is urging BHP to tell its workforce about areas of concern at all seven coal mines the company operates in central Queensland.

"We are concerned that safety incidents on BHP mines are not leading to an adequate review of operating procedures, neither at the site the incident occurred nor across BHP's network of mines," CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland President Stephen Smyth said.

"This is an opportunity to review and reset the whole safety culture on BHP sites. That includes not only the way we work, but the treatment of workers who raise safety issues and make compensation claims," Smyth added.

BHP and Mitsubishi own the mine 50/50.