Worker dies at underground mine in Western Australia’s Goldfields
A worker has died at the Mt Monger gold operations in WA’s Goldfields —the third death at an underground mine in Western Australia in the past year.
- Mine owner Silver Lake Resources says the contractor died at the Mt Monger operation this morning.
- The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has sent inspectors to the site
- Operations at Mt Monger, including the Daisy underground mining complex where the worker died, have been suspended
The mine owners, ASX-listed Silver Lake Resources, issued a statement that a contractor died in an incident at the Daisy underground mining complex this morning.
Mining has been suspended and the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) has sent inspectors to the site.
An investigation into the circumstances of the contractor’s death is underway and DMIRS is working with WA Police.
Macmahon Holdings owns contractor GBF Underground Mining, which has been working at Mt Monger since 2014 and last year won a $200 million, three-year contract extension until 2023.
In a statement, Macmahon CEO Mick Finnegan extended the company’s “deepest sympathy to the deceased’s family, friends and colleagues”.
“As noted by Silver Lake, relevant authorities have been notified.
“Macmahon will provide further updates as and when appropriate.”
Third underground death in a year
The fatality is the third death at an underground mine in WA in 12 months.
Contractor Michael Johnson died in July at the Dervish underground mine, 120 kilometres north-east of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, after he drove a loader over the edge of an open stope, falling about 25 metres.
Paige Taylor Counsell, 25, was hit by a truck in December at Big Bell underground mine, 24 kilometres north-west of Cue.
The latest death comes as DMIRS prosecutes Silver Lake Resources over a separate incident at its Mt Monger operations, in which a worker drove his loader over the edge of a stope.
Silver Lake is facing seven charges over that incident, including failing to maintain a working environment where workers engaged by a contractor were not exposed to hazards.
The company is due back in the Kalgoorlie Magistrate’s Court in July.