Man dies at Rio Tinto mine

A man has died at Rio Tinto’s Clermont mine near Rockhampton.

The ABC reports that emergency crews were called to the scene yesterday afternoon and a company spokesperson confirmed a man had gone into cardiac arrest.

He showed no signs of injury.

The incident will be investigated by the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union.

“An individual was found next to an excavator and the reasons for this demise are unknown at this stage,” CFMEU’s Tim Whyte told the ABC.

“There’s no reason to believe that he was actually crushed by it,” he said.

Local media originally reported that the man had been trapped under the excavator.

Production was brought to a halt following the incident yesterday but is expected to resume today.

The company says it is supporting the man’s family.


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