Dec 16, 2020

Worker killed in WA gold mine incident

Worker killed in WA gold mine incident

A mineworker has died from her injuries after being struck by mobile plant at the Westgold Resources Big Bell gold mine in Western Australia.

Westgold said the operation’s emergency response teams attended the scene and rendered assistance to the injured worker before the Royal Flying Doctor Service arrived.

The injured worker passed away while in transit to Perth, the company said in a statement on the incident on Tuesday.

The fatal incident is being investigated by the WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) and others.

Westgold said mining operations at Big Bell had been temporarily suspended and would remain so until further notice.

“Our hearts go out to the family of our employee as well as her colleagues,” Westgold Resources executive chairman Peter Cook said.

“This devastating news has shaken all of us at Westgold to our core.

“The safety and wellbeing of our people is a priority to us, which is why we will ensure that a thorough investigation is conducted into this tragic incident.

“In the meantime, we will be extending all the support required to her family and to her colleagues at this difficult time.”

The Big Bell underground mine is part of Westgold’s Cue Gold Operations, located around the regional town of Cue in the Central Murchison region of WA.