Coal mining contractor dies

A contractor from the Curragh coal mine has died.

The unnamed man collapsed yesterday morning while working as a contractor at the Curragh coal mine.

Speaking to Australian Mining, Wesfarmers, which owns Curragh, confirmed that "yesterday a contractor collapsed while onsite".

The reason for the collapse is unknown.

"He was immediately attended to by onsite emergency crews and then taken to Blackwater hospital, but unfortunately passed away at 10am yesterday."

While Wesfarmers could not state a reason for the contractor's collapse, they said "there was a co-worker onsite with the man, and there is no indication at this time that the incident involved a workplace accident".

Police are investigating.

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