Miner dies in rockfall (Australia)

A 59-year old man has been killed in a rockfall incident at a Central Norseman Gold mine 200km south of Kalgoorlie.

A Department of Mines and Petroleum spokesman said the man was killed early on Saturday morning at the company’s underground Harlequin mine, 9km north of Norseman.

The spokesman said the deceased man was employed by Central Norseman Gold.

Inspectors from the department’s Resources Safety Division have been sent from Perth and will arrive today.

Mining operations have been stopped while the investigation is under way.

Central Norseman Gold Corporation was fined $15,000 last year for failing to provide a safe working environment, after underground miner Rene Ponce, 59, died when he fell 10m while working at the company’s OK Decline in 2010.

Mr Ponce was found not to have been wearing fall-arrest equipment while working.

The company conceded there was a “gap” in procedure when Mr Ponce died and said it had since amended its practices to ensure employees wore fall-arrest safety equipment.

In an unrelated incident on Friday, a worker was killed at the Harvey Fresh transport yard in the South West.



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