WA mine resumes underground operations after fire

Source: Doray Minerals

Doray Minerals has resumed underground mining operations at the Deflector gold-copper mine after an underground loader caught fire on Wednesday.

A safety inspection has been thoroughly conducted around the remotely controlled loader and affected areas to ensure that there were no further hazards.

Doray Minerals managing director Leigh Junk said, “This is a very pleasing recovery following Wednesday’s fire incident.

“Our first priority will always be the safety of our people. The decision to resume mining was only taken because the workplace has been confirmed safe.”

Junk confirmed that stockpiled ore continued to be processed during the period. Thus, the two-day interruption to the underground mining would not affect Deflector’s production guidance.

Gold production at Deflector is targeted to reach between 80,000–85,000oz and copper between 2250–2750t for the 2019 financial year.

Junk said, “I would like to pay tribute to everyone involved for their composed response to the incident yesterday. Their quick and measured actions are testimony to an entrenched safety culture, which ensured no injuries were suffered as a result.”

At the time of the fire, 11 underground workers went to their closest emergency refuge chamber in line with the company’s standard safety procedure. They were later escorted out of the mine by the site’s emergency response team.

Doray is continuing its investigation into the cause of the fire.