WA mines department investigates Cataby bee sting incident

Western Australia’s Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety is investigating the death of a worker who was stung by a bee at Iluka Resources’ Cataby mineral sands project earlier this year.

The worker died after being stung by a bee while operating with BCE Surveying, subcontracted by Watpac, on bulk earthworks activities at the project north of Perth in February.

After suffering an allergic reaction from the bee sting, the worker was airlifted to Royal Perth Hospital, but it was revealed in mid-March that he had died.

Iluka chairman Greg Martin spoke of the incident at the company’s annual general meeting (AGM) earlier this week, saying that despite the efforts of the people at site and medical professionals, the worker passed away 14 days after the bee sting occurred.

“There are simply no words to lessen the sadness we all feel at this terrible tragedy,” Martin said.

“The safety and wellbeing of Iluka’s people, including our contractors and service providers, lies at the heart of this business; and we cooperating fully with an investigation by the Western Australian Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.”

Iluka approved development of the $275 million project, about 150km from Perth, last December.

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