Three injured in underground mine accident

Gold Fields Agnew underground entrance

 Three miners have been injured at the Agnew underground gold mine.

The miners were reportedly injured when sheets of roofing mesh, which were propped up against a wall in the West Australian underground gold mine, fell on them at about 5am local time this morning, according to The West.

Despite earlier reports the mine itself has not suffered a collapse.

A 31 year old man has suffered chest injuries, a 38 year old man has fractured his leg, and a 26 year old New Zealander Christopher McKay is believed to have suffered a fractured wrist and possible spinal injuries, according to the Herald Sun.

The mine, located in WA’s Eastern Goldfields region, is operated by Goldfields Australia, a subsidiary of South African miner Gold Fields.

Two of the miners worked for Gold Fields, while the third worked as a construction contractor.

The West Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum have already launched an investigation into the incident.

Agnew is made up of two operations, the underground Waroonga operation – which mines the Kim, Main, and Rajah lodes; and the open cut Songvang pit.

Goldfields also operates the St. Ives gold mine south of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

 

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