Bootu Creek suffers tragic incident

A 59-year-old man has been fatally injured following a wall collapse at OM Holdings’ (OMH) Bootu Creek manganese mine in the Northern Territory.

The incident occurred on Saturday afternoon when the man, who was employed by OMG subsidiary OM Manganese, was buried under the collapsing wall.

OM Manganese halted all operations at the mine, however, certain activities have since re-started.

The man’s identity will not be released by OMH until approval is provided by his family at the appropriate time, according to a statement released by the company.

“To all his family, friends and work colleagues OM (Manganese) extends its sincerest condolences with support being provided to his family and colleagues,” the company statement read.

OMH is also offering all employees access to counselling services.

The operator of the Bootu Creek mine, OM Manganese, stated it was working closely with the Northern Territory Police, the Department of Primary Industry and Resources and WorkSafe NT, which would conduct a full investigation into the incident.

The tragedy follows a string of mine-related accidents that have occurred in Australia, with Queensland recently implementing a state-wide safety reset as a result.

Singapore-based OM Holdings’ Bootu Creek mine was placed into care and maintenance in December 2015 before resuming operations in 2017.

The mine’s closure was attributed to a decline in iron ore prices and has since, only returned to full production in 2018.

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