Paddington incident leads to crusher shutdown

A loader became lodged in an ore crusher at the Paddington
Mill last week, with no workers injured.

The Department of Mines and Petroleum is presently
investigating the accident, in which the bucket of the loader became stuck
inside the crusher, but was removed on Friday.

It is understood by Australian
Mining
that such accidents can be related to vehicle speed and bucket
overloading.

The Paddington Mill is 35 kilometres north-west of Kalgoorlie,
and is owned by Norton Gold Fields Limited.

DMP mine
safety director Andrew Chaplyn said crushing operations at the site had been
suspended.

Norton managing director Dianmin Chen
said an internal investigation was also under way, and that the crusher would
be checked for damage before operation could continue.

Chen said there was no effect on production
thanks to extensive ore stockpiles at the plant.

Norton is
currently engaged in a takeover bid of Bullabulling Gold, and have extended
their offer price, eight cents per share for a 30 per cent or greater interest
in the company, until June 30.

Norton has
said there will be no further increases of the offer price as no other entities
have expressed their interest in Bullabulling.

Norton’s
offer is conditional on attaining a relevant interest in Bullabulling of 30 per
cent, with an unconditional offer of 7 cents.

Bullabulling
is currently trading at 7.1 cents, bid at 7.2 cents.

Image: Kalgoorlie Miner

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