Operations at the Pilbara’s Christmas Creek mine site were suspended on August 15 as authorities investigated the death of a contract worker, killed while working in an iron ore processing plant.
The man, believed to be in his mid-20s, sustained fatal crush injuries at the Fortescue Metals Group iron ore mine, 120km north of Newman, in an incident that reportedly happened about 8pm on August 14.
A team of DMP mines safety inspectors were due to arrive at the site on August 15 to commence an investigation.
“Our thoughts are with family, friends and colleagues who have been impacted by this tragic incident,” DMP safety executive director Simon Ridge Ridge said.
“This is a sad day for the entire Western Australian resources industry.
“Our safety inspectors and investigators will now commence a full and thorough investigation into this incident, to get to the bottom of how this has occurred.”
The last WA mines fatality occurred in August 2011, with 2012 recording its first fatality-free year in more than a century.