Miner killed at Newcrest’s Cadia Ridgeway mine near Orange

A young dad has been killed on Father’s Day in an underground accident at a gold mine in regional NSW.

Emergency services were called to Newcrest Mining’s Cadia Ridgeway mine south of Orange on Sunday night, following reports a mine technician had been struck by a piece of machinery while working approximately one kilometre underground, police said.

The 28-year-old man suffered critical injuries and died at the scene.

“It is a tragic circumstance on its own but to have it on Father’s Day is a double tragedy as he is a father of two young children,” Acting Inspector Mick White said on Monday.

“Our condolences and our thoughts go out to his family, friends and work colleagues who were involved as well.”

Production at Cadia has been suspended and Newcrest is liaising with both police and the NSW Mine Safety Inspectorate inquiries.

“The circumstances of the fatality are under investigation and no further details are available at this time,” Newcrest said in a statement on Monday.

NSW Resources Minister Anthony Roberts said the man had been working as a machine operator for the past four years.

He has offered his sympathies to the man’s family, friends and workmates.

Local police are working with the Mine Safety Investigators in preparing a report for the coroner.

In another mining incident, a worker has died in Western Australia after a truck rolled over in an open pit.

Police were called on Sunday afternoon to China Hanking Holdings Ltd’s Southern Cross project, about 360km east of Perth, where they found the mine worker unresponsive.



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