Miner killed in underground accident

A man has died in a mining accident at the Chain Valley Colliery on the New South Wales central coast.

The 52-year-old was working underground yesterday afternoon when a section of the mine wall fell on him.

It took more than 40 minutes to bring him to the surface and he was taken to Wyong Hospital, where he died.

United Mineworkers Union spokesman Grahame Kelly says several government authorities are working to find out what happened.

“New South Wales Police are putting together a report for the coroner, as well as the DII inspectors, and the DII investigation unit have been called in. And of course the district check inspectors who are the representatives of the union, as well as the workers in the industry,” he said.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends and of course his workmates.

“This is a tragic event and we’ll do everything we can to assist the family and his workmates to get through this.”



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