BHP shuts Perseverance, slashes jobs

Ongoing safety concerns have seen BHP Nickel West shut its accident prone Perseverance nickel mine.

An earthquake in November trapped nine miners underground for nine hours before they were rescued.

Since then BHP and Nickel West technical experts have been assessing the ongoing risks of the sub-level cave operations, the company said in a statement.

It has now decided to cease mining at Perseverance's sub level cave due to safety concerns, cutting up to 200 miners in the process.

However it will resume mining at Rocky's Reward, near Leinster.

Nickel West asset president Paul Harvey said the company will work with miners affected by the shutdown decision.

“The health, safety and wellbeing of our people is paramount; it is the first of Our Charter values. As this change is implemented, we will continue to treat our people and stakeholders with the utmost care and respect and maintain our strong focus on safety,” he said.


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