Traumatised workers receive counselling following contractor fatality

Counselling efforts are continuing at GlencoreXstrata’s Ravensworth open cut mine following a fatal accident on site over the weekend.

A female contractor was killed just before midnight on Saturday evening when the light vehicle she was driving collided with a dump truck.

Production at the mine site was immediately suspended after the accident and remained idle throughout Sunday.

A GlencoreXstrata spokesperson said operations will resume in a “staged manner” this week but only if employees are deemed fit for work.

“The safety, care and welfare of all employees remains our priority and we are making sure we have support services in place to help them through a very difficult time,” a company spokesperson said.

Inspectors from the NSW Department of Trade & Investment’s Mine Safety Investigation Unit and WorkCover are at the mine again today conducting ongoing investigations.

Glencore has also launched an internal investigation into the accident. 

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