Contractor killed at BHP’s Cannington mine

A TEAM of Queensland Department of Mines and Energy Mines Inspectorate officers are continuing to investigate a fatality last week at BHP Billiton's Cannington mine south-east of Mount Isa.

A TEAM of Queensland Department of Mines and Energy Mines Inspectorate officers are continuing to investigate a fatality last week at BHP Billiton’s Cannington mine south-east of Mount Isa.

The Department’s Safety and Health Executive Director Stewart Bell said it appeared the fatality involved a contractor being caught between a light vehicle and a tool carrier.

“Mines Inspectorate will produce a report at the conclusion of the investigation, detailing the nature and cause of the accident and will forward this report to the Coroner,” Bell said.

“The inspectorate is mindful of the need to resolve investigations as soon as possible, however, investigations must be rigorous and thorough and a final report may not be completed for several months.”

The investigation will determine whether there are any safety issues in relation to the death that need to be addressed.

“The Department of Mines and Energy Mines Inspectorate fully investigates fatalities and safety incidents and where necessary takes appropriate action to ensure improvements are made,” Bell said.

“The inspectorate works closely with the industry and unions to identify safety risks and hazards, and to continually improve industry safety performance.”

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