A 53 year-old man has been killed in an accident at the Mount Lyell copper mine in Tasmania.
The man, a loader operator, was an employee of underground hard-rock mining contractor Barminco.
The accident occurred at approximately 7.50am local time when a mudslide ripped through the lower levels of the mine.
He was unresponsive when found by Copper Mines of Tasmania’s mine rescue squad.
Tasmanian paramedics, an ambulance and police also attended the incident.
The worker’s family has been notified.
Little is known about the circumstances surrounding the incident at this stage.
In December operations were suspended at the Queenstown mine following the double fatality, where the men, Craig Gleeson, 45, and Alistair Lucas, 25, were killed in a mine shaft accident.
Copper Mines of Tasmania’s General Manager Scot Clyde said that it was with extreme regret that he confirmed the death of another underground miner.
“Our deepest sympathies are with the family of the worker, his immediate work mates and also our other site employees who will be saddened by this tragic accident,” Clyde said.
Operations at the mine have once again been suspended while investigations into the incident take place.
Tasmania Police and Worksafe Tasmania are currently at the site.
More to come.