Man killed in Mt Isa mine accident

A man has died after an incident at Xstrata’s George Fisher mine near Mount Isa in north-west Queensland. The company says the accident occurred just before midnight AEST. Police and emergency crews are on the scene. Xstrata says it will work with police and inspectors from the Mines Department to identify the cause of the accident. Underground mining operations have been suspended for 24 hours while a full investigation begins.

Xstrata spokesman Kevin Hendry says the man was a valued and longstanding employee and the company has extended its sympathy to his family and friends. “He’s been with the company for 35 years – it’s extremely tough,” he said. “We’ve got a counselling service set up this morning for all employees and for his immediate family. We’ve suspended the underground operations for 24 hours. A full and thorough investigation has already commenced to investigate the cause of this tragedy.”


ABC Online – Australia

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