Worker killed at Blackwater coal mine

A worker has been killed at BMA’s Blackwater coal mine in a vehicle rollover incident.

It occurred early this morning.

BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) confirmed the incident.

The BMA spokesperson stated that an incident occured involving a raptor transporter vehicle, and “has sadly resulted in a fatality”.

“Authorities are currently on site investigating the incident and we are providing our full support,” BMA stated.

“We are also conducting our own investigations to understand how this incident could have occurred and to ensure every action is taken to prevent something similar in future.

“We are providing assistance to the family of the deceased, in addition to BMA employees and contractors at the operation.”

Speaking to CFMEU district president Steve Smyth, he told Australian Mining "this incident is a tragedy, and something has to change, as there has been four fatalities in 12 months".

He went on to state the CFMEU hopes BHP are open and transparent in their investigation process.

The worker is understood to be a father of two and a grandfather to two.

As a precaution, operations on site have temporarily ceased.

Another miner was killed this time last month in the same region, when a tyre exploded at Anglo American's Dawson coal mine.



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