Western Australia’s Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) is continuing investigations into the death of a worker at Rio Tinto’s Yandicoogina mine last week.
The worker, believed to be in his early 50s, died at the Pilbara mine after what the company called a serious incident, with emergency services and relevant authorities attending the scene.
Investigations have suggested the worker was not undertaking work activities when the incident occurred.
“The department is working with the WA Police and the company to determine the cause, however, investigations so far indicate that the deceased acted independently and was not conducting work activities at the time,” the DMIRS said.
“The department extends sincere condolences to the family and workers who are dealing with this tragedy.”