Death at mine site: New details of Pilbara Capricorn Metals’ ‘traumatic’ mine tragedy revealed

A worker was killed at a mining site in Pilbara, WA when the light vehicle he was traveling in was run over by a large dump truck, police revealed.

The 59-year-old Perth man died Thursday at the scene of the horror industrial accident at Capricorn Metals’ Karlawinda gold mine, 40 miles south-east of Newman, Pilbara District Superintendent Kim Massam said on Friday.

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The driver of the larger truck was not physically injured but was “clearly distraught,” Massam told ABC.

He said WA Police were investigating, adding “the scene was traumatic”.

“We will be investigating the cause of death and making this information available to the coroner, but we will also be working with our colleagues at WorkSafe, the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety to understand why this happened and what lessons have been learned we can.” learn,” Massam said.

“It shows that we must continue to be as vigilant as possible. The most important thing that comes out of a mine is the people who enter it every day.”

A 59-year-old Perth man was killed Thursday at Karlawinda Gold in the Pilbara. Recognition: Capricorn metals

WorkSafe occupational safety inspectors and the Washington Police Department traveled to the site Thursday to begin the investigation.

Darren Kavanagh, Commissioner of WorkSafe WA, said every work-related death is a tragedy and offered his condolences to the worker’s family, friends and colleagues.

Capricorn Metals confirmed Thursday that a “significant incident” occurred at the Karlawinda mine site that morning, resulting in the death of a MACA contractor.

“Everyone at Capricorn is shocked and saddened by the death this morning at the Karlawinda mine site,” Chief Executive Officer Mark Clark said in an ASX update.

“Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to the family, friends and colleagues of the MACA employee.”

The tragedy comes after another mine death in which a man in his 30s died Tuesday at the Hamlet underground mine on Gold Fields’ operations in St Ives, near Kambalda.

A second contractor was also injured in this incident but was discharged from medical care.

Both the police and WorkSafe are investigating the incident. All mining activities have been suspended at the site until authorities determine it is safe to resume work.

Pilbara’s death came just two days after a fatality occurred in an underground mine in the Goldfields. file image. Recognition: Capricorn metals

Stuart Mathews, executive vice president of South African mining giant Gold Fields Australasia, expressed his “heartfelt condolences” to the family and colleagues of the deceased employee.

“It’s a devastating loss for our close-knit team, especially our underground crew who have a unique camaraderie,” he told 7NEWS.

“The Gold Fields Emergency Response Team immediately addressed the incident and will be investigating while fully cooperating with the governmental investigative process.

“Out of respect for the privacy of those affected by this tragedy and pending an investigation, we are unable to provide further details.”

“Something fundamentally wrong”

WA’s Peak Mining Union calls for urgent safety reforms in the industry. The Western Mine Workers Alliance, which represents thousands of Western Australians, says changes must be made to prevent another tragedy.

Brad Gandy, WA Secretary of the Australian Labor Union and WMWA spokesman, said the union was in mourning for the worker and offered his condolences to his family and community “While we are deeply saddened by this death, we cannot honestly say we are surprised because recent history has taught us that our industry does not take safety as seriously as it should.” Today is a day of mourning. But we cannot and should not hide from the fact that there is something fundamentally wrong with the safety culture created by the leadership of our mining industry. Things have to change – the culture has to change.”

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