Safety fears reignite after Rio miner killed

The death of a man at Rio Tinto’s Brockman 2 operation has led to increased scrutiny of safety in the industry.

Rio Tinto yesterday announced that a 27 year old miner had been killed while charging an hydraulic cylinder on a front end loader.

At the time, Rio’s Pilbara operations president Greg Lilleyman said the incident would be thoroughly investigated, adding that “this is a tragic reminder of the importance of working safely”.

Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union division secretary Gary Wood told The West action needs to be taken following this most recent accident.

There were two miners killed earlier in the year at Port Hedland, where one was crushed to death at BHP Billiton’s iron ore loading facility at Finucane Island, and the other when scaffolding he was standing on collapsed.

“The industry continually tells us that they are working more safely but we are still managing to have fatalities on a regular basis,” Wood said.

“Clearly they have got safety wrong.”

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