An Irishman has died after a fatal quarry accident in Queensland.
Leigh O’Neill was killed in an accident at his workplace in Queensland on Saturday, June 10.
Mr O’Neill, from Wicklow, arrived in Sydney in August 2011 and is understood to have left the city in September to find work in Queensland.
His death occurred just 24 hours after another Irishman was killed in Queensland, when his motorcycle went over an embankment in Gladstone.
Mr O’Neill is understood to have been attempting to unblock a sand processing machine when the incident occurred.
The young man died due to fatal injuries, after being suffocated in the machine.
The incident occurred at Bolzan Sand Supplies at Talgai, near Allora, where the young man had been working for around two months.
Mr O’Neill was driving a front-end loader and had dropped a bucket of sand into a processing bin when he got out to check it.
Detective Sergeant Darren Tamblyn of Warwick police station told the Chronicle it appeared the man had placed a ladder against the bin.
It is believed that he may have fallen in while trying to dislodge the load so it would flow through onto a conveyor belt below.
Firefighters had to be called to free Mr O’Neill.
A spokesperson for Workplace Health and Safety said that they are currently investigating the incident.
Mr O’Neill’s family in Ireland has been notified of his death.