Rio Tinto miner injured; airlifted to hospital

A 33 year old contract miner has been airlifted to hospital after being injured at Rio Tinto’s Argyle diamond mine.

The contractor lost control of his vehicle on an access road at the mine near Kununurra and suffered minor chest injuries, according to The West.

The miner was taken to the site’s medical centre and was later airlifted to Broome Hospital.

Heavy rain overnight had damaged roads in the area, and sections of the Great Northern Highway and local mine site access roads are closed.

Last night Rio cancelled all buses and flights to the mine.

A spokesperson for Rio yesterday said access to the site is currently very limited due to the rain, however “inspections of all roads at the mine are currently taking place and the business will make a decision in the next few hours about transport for those that are due to travel to the site today for their shift.”

According to the ABC, Rio’s Peter Firth said flights scheduled for yesterday will likely start arriving today, with employees to remain on standby.


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