Worker dies after underground incident

A worker who was involved in an underground incident at Glencore’s Ernest Henry Mine has passed away.

Jason Braid, aged 46, suddenly passed away at the Cairns Base Hospital on Friday afternoon.

Braid was involved in an incident underground on February 1.

While the exact nature of the incident remains unclear, a spokesperson for Glencore said Braid had received treatment for his injuries and had moved into the rehabilitation stage of recovery.

Braid held the position of underground operator at Ernest Henry Mine for the last three years.

“We are deeply saddened by this loss and our deepest thoughts and sympathies go out to his family, friends and colleagues,” said Mike Westerman, Chief Operating Officer, North Queensland Copper Assets, Glencore.

Counselling is being provided to Braid's work colleagues while a full investigation into the incident has commenced.

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