Two miners were seriously injured yesterday at Norton Goldfields’ Paddington Gold Mine, 35kms north of Kalgoorlie in Western Australia.
According to the company, the two employees were injured around 9:30am when they were pinned between the counterweight of an excavator and a wall in the mill area.
One of the miners suffered serious injuries and was air lifted to Perth by the Royal Flying Doctor Service, while the other worker was hospitalised with injuries that were described as not life threatening.
Norton managing director Jon Parker said the company will immediately investigate the accident.
“An incident of this nature deeply affects an organisation,, he said.
“Our number one priority is the safety of our personnel and a thorough investigation has begun to establish the cause of the incident.”
According to Parker, Sunday’s incident represents Norton’s second lost-time injury in over 300 days.
“The company’s target of zero injuries is the only acceptable level and we will redouble our efforts to achieve that,” he said.
Norton said it is providing support to the two injured men’s families and colleagues.