Man dies in drill rig incident
A 32-year-old Landsdale man has died on a Pilbara mine site east of Paraburdoo after a workplace incident involving a drill rig.
Police were called to Rio Tinto’s Channar Mine at 12.30am on Monday after reports of a worker receiving fatal injuries.
The Pilbara News understands shutdown fitter Mr Buzzard, whose first name has not been used for cultural reasons, was working on a drill head when the incident happened about 12.30am.
In a group announcement, Rio Tinto chief executive Sam Walsh said an internal investigation team was assembling and authorities were also investigating the incident.
“This is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of our colleague who lost their life,” he said.
“We are devastated by this incident and the loss of a life, which for the deceased’s family and our colleagues at Paraburdoo will have a lasting impact.
“We are working hard to eliminate fatalities and it remains the most important priority we have.”
The death hit close to home for many, with readers on social media quick to voice their sympathies for the family, friends and work crew.
Rio Tinto Pilbara Mines managing director Michael Gollschewski said Rio Tinto was offering support to the family and Paraburdoo employees.
“We are devastated by this terrible tragedy and the loss of our workmate’s life, who was a highly valued and greatly respected member of our Paraburdoo team,” he said.
“This will have a lasting impact on family, friends and colleagues and our thoughts are with them at this most difficult time.”
Two Department of Mines and Petroleum inspectors have flown to the site to investigate and a report will be prepared for the coroner.