Independence Group (IGO) has revealed that a fatality occurred following an incident at the Nova nickel-copper operation in Western Australia.
The incident involved an employee of the company’s concentrate haulage contractor who was injured on site and subsequently passed away yesterday in hospital as a result of his injuries.
IGO managing director Peter Bradford said the company was in close contact with the contractor, which was providing full support to the family.
“We are deeply saddened by this tragic news and our heartfelt condolences go to the family,” he said.
“All our contracts, whether they are site based or not, are part of the IGO team. We are making every effort to ensure we care for the wellbeing of all of our people.”
The incident occurred while the individual was securing the truck’s load prior to departure from site.
IGO reported that the Department of Mine, Industry Regulation and Safety was immediately informed and visited the site to undertake an initial investigation, during which time IGO elected to suspend operations for 29 hours.
The company said it was working closely with the department and the haulage contractor to provide assistance during the continuing investigation.