Underground worker injured in rock fall

An underground mine worker was seriously injured in a rock fall at La Mancha Resources' Frog's Leg gold mine yesterday.

The West Australian reports a rock was dislodged and fell on the 27-year-old worker's legs at the mine near Coolgardie, in the WA Goldfields.


The accident occurred during routine machinery maintenance, and the company said the man received first aid on site before being rushed to Kalgoorlie Hospital.


According to The West Australian the worker suffered a crushed foot, broken leg and injured back.


In 2011 Alacer CEO Ed Dowling criticised La Mancha for its management of the Frog's Leg mine, and claimed development work on site was running too far ahead of actual mining, creating the potential for serious ground stresses.


The company later denied accusations the site was unsafe, and said there was “no factual basis” for the claims.


Earlier this month La Mancha announced expansion plans that would see it double its WA Goldfields workforce.


The company said extra workers at Frog's Leg would be part of the expansion plans.

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