Man Killed In Accident At Central Queensland Coal Mine

A worker has died at a coal mine west of Gladstone — the fourth mining fatality in six months — prompting the Queensland mining union to declare a "safety crisis".

Police and emergency services were called to the Baralaba North coal mine in the Bowen Basin just after 2:00am on Sunday.

The ABC understands the 27-year-old man was declared dead at the scene.

But CFMEU Queensland mining and energy president Steve Smyth told the ABC the union only became aware of the incident about eight hours later, via social media.

"[Companies] have a legal obligation to report it," he said.

"But we became aware through a Facebook post and our safety representative then called around … [having] to chase it."