Another fatal accident at BHP mine site

ABC Online – Australia
March 18, 2009

There has been another death at a BHP Billiton mine site in Western Australia’s Pilbara region. A 45 year-old man, from New South Wales, died in hospital early this morning as a result of injuries he received in an accident at the company’s operations at Newman. BHP Billiton says he was an employee of John Holland Construction. It is the fifth death at a BHP Pilbara mine site in the past eight months. In February, a worker was killed when he was hit by a train on the company’s Tabba line, 74 kilometres south of Port Hedland. That death is still being investigated by the Department of Mines and Petroleum. A 29 year-old man and a 19-year-old man were killed in separate accidents at the company’s Yandi mine, in the Pilbara, in August and September last year. And a 52-year-old man was killed at Port Hedland in July, 2008. Some of those killed were contractors working at BHP Billiton’s mine sites. The death of a worker last month prompted the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union to accuse BHP of losing touch with the safety of workers on the ground.

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