Troubled gold miner Norseman opens accident site, closes mines

The site of a fatal accident at the Harlequin gold mine has been reopened by the Department of Mines and Petroleum.

The area had previously been cordoned off for investigation into the death of 59 year-old mobile plant operator Wayne Fowlie, who died in a rock fall incident in February.

Fowlie was only months away from retirement at the time of his death.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

Mining operations were suspended immediately following the incident, and in May mine operator Central Norseman Gold announced it would put the mine into care and maintenance in July.

Central Norseman Gold has recently placed Australia’s longest running gold mine, the Norseman gold mine, into care and maintenance.

The Norseman mine has been running for 120 years, and has produced nearly six million ounces of gold according to market analyst Peter Strachan, who is optimistic about the future of the mine.

"These things are always very cyclical, they come and they go and I think that there will be another up-cycle and people will find more gold in the region and certainly if there is a facility there that can take the ore and process it, it's going to be much easier to get projects up and running,” Strachan told the ABC.

The move to halt production was announced after Norseman revealed it had incurred an unaudited EBITDA loss of $3.2 million from July last year to March 2014.

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