Details emerge about the death of a mine worker at Newcrest’s Cadia Ridgeway gold mine

Cadia. Image: Newcrest Mining.

A father-of-two who died at Newcrest’s Cadia Ridgeway gold mine on Sunday was operating a modified shotcrete machine.

The NSW Mine Safety unit has revealed the 28-year-old mine worker was found by a workmate pinned between a machine and the side wall of an underground tunnel.

NSW Police and the NSW Department of Industry, Mine Safety were called and attended the mine at around 10pm, but the man died at the scene.

The machine operator, who worked for PYBAR Mining Services, was operating a modified shotcrete machine (concrete sprayer) converted to a high pressure water cannon at the time of his death.

The machine is used to direct high pressure water at arched rock (hang up) to bring the rock down to floor level at the drawpoint located beneath the stoping area. Gravity flow moves the ore to the drawpoint so it can be loaded and removed. The operator directs high pressure water from a remote position via a remote control device.

The deceased man has worked at Cadia for approximately 4-and-a-half years.

The Mine Safety Investigation Unit (Department of Industry) said it will make an Investigation Information Release within the next 14 days to provide more information on the cause and circumstances of the incident.

Production at the mine has been suspended while investigations continue.

Newcrest said it was offering support to family, friends and work colleagues during this difficult time.

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