Coal miner Daniel Obertan, 41, was killed when a pipe exploded at a mine in the state of Queensland on Monday, according to Queensland police.
The pipe was about 1.5 metres long.
The man was working on the main section of a mine when the explosion happened, the state’s Bureau of Meteorology said.
Queensland Police Assistant Commissioner Andrew Lenton said police were called to the site shortly after 3am.
“The mine was just off a main road, and he was working at that site,” he said.
“When he went to check on the situation, he heard a loud bang and a big, large, loud noise, and then he went back and got his hand on his chest and he saw he had suffered a serious blow to the chest.”
Mr Lenton described the scene as “extremely serious”.
The man had been working on a site at Buggs Creek near the town of Bugg, near the Queensland border, the Bureau of Mines said.
Mr Linton said Mr Obertans family was also among those in the mine.
“There are a number of families in the community that are in a critical condition,” he added.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she was “deeply saddened” by the news of the man’s death. “
Their family members are all out of the mine.”
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she was “deeply saddened” by the news of the man’s death.
“My thoughts are with his family at this difficult time,” she said.
The ABC has contacted the Queensland Government for comment.
The Queensland Police Department confirmed the man had died.
The Department of Industry, Trade and Investment (DITI) said the company involved was not responding to any questions at this time.