Newcrest contractor killed at Telfer

Friday afternoon saw the fatal injury of a contractor at the Newcrest Telfer Mine in Western Australia.

This was the second mining fatality in one week, with a worker killed at Aditya Birla’s Nifty copper mine on Monday.

On Sunday another worker died at the Sun Metals refinery in Queensland, marking one the blackest weeks in the Australian resources industry since early 2014.

The 28-year old Telfer contractor was underground, operating a bogger at the time of the incident on Friday.

All operations were immediately stopped on site, and the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) notified.

DMP inspectors travelled to the site on the same day.

Newcrest said the incident took place at 3:30am on Friday at the Telfer mine, which is located in the Great Sandy Desert.

A statement from Newcrest released on Friday said: “Newcrest is deeply saddened to confirm that a contractor working in its underground mine at Telfer was fatally injured in an incident this morning.”

“An investigation is underway and Newcrest will provide assistance to the relevant authorities.

“Newcrest has temporarily ceased all operational activity on site.

“We extend our deepest condolences and support to our colleagues family, friends and the Telfer workforce at this difficult time.”

This was the seventh death by accidental causes in the mining industry in 2015.

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