BHP workers redeployed after safety concerns close mine

30 people who lost their jobs after BHP shut its Perseverance nickel mine have been redeployed at the newly reopened Rocky's Reward mine.

In late December BHP Nickel West shut the accident prone Perseverance mine after an earthquake trapped nine miners underground for nine hours before they were rescued.

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

However with the mining operations restarting at Rocky's Reward, 30 affected miners have been given their jobs back, BHP said.

The project will provide an alternative ore supply for the company's processing facilities at Leinster.

Final workforce numbers have not been confirmed and it is yet not known if the other 170 workers will be redeployed.

A small crew are on site at Perseverance for maintenance purposes.

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