DEATH BY CRANE ACCIDENT FOR MINER AT RIO TINTO WESTERN AUSTRALIAN SITE

WORKER KILLED IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA RIO TINTO MINING CAMP

Work at two of Rio Tinto’s Pilbara mining operations have been halted this morning after a 27-year-old man died when a container fell on him, according to police.

A Rio Tinto spokesman said the man was changing a hydraulic cylinder on a front-end loader in the mobile-equipment workshop when he was killed.

His co-worker raised the alarm, and Tom Price police were alerted to the man’s death immediately after the accident at around 8pm.

“Somehow someĀ  equipment came lose and he was trapped,” the spokesman said.

“There was another work-mate with him at the time but I am not aware if he saw the incident or not.”

Operations have been suspended at the Brockman site near Tom Price, while the nearby Nammuldi site has also been halted this morning as the investigation is continuing

The two mines sites will be closed for at least the rest of today. A decision has not yet been made on when the operations will recommence.

A Department of Mines and Petroleum spokeswoman said a representative would arrive at the mine site today to investigate the accident & death.

Colleagues and family of the deceased man have been offered Rio Tinto’s counselling and support service.

WA unions expressed sorrow at the workplace death and reiterated its call for the state government to adopt some stronger health and safety laws.

From the start of 2012 WA will have the weakest health and safety laws in Australia as new uniform laws take effect in every state and territory except WA, a spokeswoman said.

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha

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