Mining deaths attract criticism in parliament

Mining companies in WA were warned to resist complacency on matters of safety after two industry deaths in a single week.

State mines minster Bill Marmion said it was disturbing that a second worker had been killed at Newcrest’s copper-gold mine at Telfer, so soon after the death of a worker at Aditya Birla’s Nifty copper mine.

Australian Mining has confirmed that the man killed at the Telfer mine was 28 year old Josh Martin, while the man killed at Nifty was 46 years old according to the West Australian.

On the other side of the nation, only days after the Telfer death another worker, aged 36, died in an accident at a zinc refinery near Townsville, bringing the 2015 national resources industry accidental death toll to eight, and making the worst run since early 2014.

“We cannot be complacent,” Marmion said in Parliament.

“Industry cannot be complacent. There is always room for improvement, and it should not come to an event like this to be reminded.”

A statement from the WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy said there was “absolutely no room for complacency in regard to safety”.

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