Glencore suspends coal output at Australian mine after worker dies

The logo of commodities trader Glencore is pictured in front of the company's headquarters in Baar, Switzerland, September 30, 2015. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Glencore Plc GLEN.L, the world's biggest thermal coal exporter, said on Tuesday a 55-year-old contract worker had died at its Newlands coal mine in Australia and it had suspended production at the mine.

“We are co-operating with the relevant Queensland authorities and have commenced an investigation into the fatal event,” a Glencore spokeswoman said.

Newlands, in the Bowen Basin in Queensland, produced 5.84 million tonnes of thermal and coking coal in 2015.

Reporting by Sonali Paul; Editing by Himani Sarkar