The Queensland Government has issued an industry wide safety warning about the danger of drowning at mines and advising miners to be careful in storms.
The alert is the result of two recommendations after the 2011 flood inquiry that was directly related to mining.
These recommendations suggested that the management of all mines make sure that they always have the current weather information from the Bureau of Meteorology in all seasons both wet and dry.
Because when digging into the ground water can pool in some areas at mine sites, which can then become waterlogged and unstable and the risk of flooding increases.
Gas, chemicals and heavy equipment can also become hazardous when heavy rains shift them.
Workers and management must be careful around abandoned mines, underground water channels that can contribute to the water flow or even waterways that may be connected to the sea that can dramatically rise in water level.
It is recommended that workers do not work alone when working near water and they should wear buoyancy vests.