Brett and Bonnie Scovell are distraught after the death of their 21-year-old son Sean in a mining accident.
Brett and Bonnie Scovell are distraught after the death of their 21-year-old son Sean in a mining accident. Scottie Simmonds BUNSON

Grieving for lost son

A BUNDABERG couple is still waiting for answers about how their son died in a conveyor belt accident in Moranbah last week.

Sean Scovell, 21, a former Kepnock High School student, died last Tuesday evening when he became entangled in the conveyor belt at the Moranbah South Quarry.

Sean's mother, Bonnie Scovell, said she had encouraged her son, who was working at a family owned service station in Biggenden, to get a job in the mines.

"I never thought he would get hurt," she said.

Mrs Scovell said her son had only been working at the mine for a total of six weeks.

"He got a job driving a truck, and in a week-and-a-half they put him on the conveyor belt," she said.

Mrs Scovell said she was told her son's supervisor had been injured in an accident and he had been told he would have to operate the conveyor belt on his own.

"I was told there was no guard on the belt where my son was taken," she said.

"It's a very dangerous spot and my baby's gone."

Mrs Scovell said Sean loved Bundaberg and loved the community.

"He was a fun-loving guy," she said.

Mrs Scovell said she had been told an investigation could take two years before the family found out how the accident had happened.

The incident is being thoroughly investigated by the Mines Inspectorate.

A nature and cause report was being compiled for the coroner, a Mines Inspectorate spokesman said.

A funeral service for Sean Scovell will be held at Rose Chapel Funerals in Walker St at 11am on Tuesday.



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