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SA mine worker crushed by machinery

Investigations are underway following the death of an underground mine worker in South Australia

Site operations at Prominent Hill mine in South Australia have resumed after the death of an underground worker in early September.

A 43-year-old man from Aberfoyle Park in Adelaide was crushed by machinery and died at the scene, South Australia Police confirm.

A staggered resumption of surface operations began on the day following the incident and, after discussions with crews, underground operations are progressively resuming after approval from South Australia’s Department of Energy and Mining and Safework SA.

Prominent Hill is a copper, silver and gold mine owned by Oz Minerals in northern SA. Oz Minerals had recently committed to a $600 million expansion of the mine.

The worker was an employee of contract mining company Byrnecut, which undertakes all underground activities at the mine.

“Byrnecut and Oz Minerals express our deepest sympathies to the worker’s family,” says OZ Minerals’ managing director and chief executive officer Andrew Cole in a statement.

“This incident has had a profound impact on our workforce and our priority is to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone at site. Byrnecut and OZ Minerals are providing support to the worker’s family during this very difficult time.”

State Resources Minister Dan van Holst Pellekaan also made a statement after the incident.

“Think about the people on site who would have found this person at work underground and who would have been closely involved in trying to save his life,” he says.

“This is very sad, very serious and I know all of the workers and everybody in the company take it incredibly seriously and will do everything they can to discover what went wrong.”

The incident is being investigated by the South Australian Police and Safework SA.

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