Tragic incident at Bengalla mine in Muswellbrook

Bengalla Mining Company has suspended operations following the death of a man in an onsite accident at the Bengalla coal mine in Muswellbrook, New South Wales.

According to a Bengalla statement, the man was a contract tyre maintainer who died on Saturday night.

The statement said, “Bengalla Mining Company (Bengalla) wishes to extend its deepest sympathies and respect to the family of a tyre maintainer who passed away after a tragic accident at Bengalla overnight. The employee of a contract tyre company was injured during tyre maintenance.

“Bengalla has offered support to workers who may be affected by the tragedy, and will offer support to his family at the appropriate time.

“Bengalla is cooperating as investigations are undertaken with a view to ascertaining how the incident occurred.”

The NSW Resources Regulator released a statement saying it was investigating the fatality at the site.

Bengalla is a single pit open cut thermal coal operation in the Hunter coalfields.