Man dies in drill rig in­ci­dent

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr and Re­becca Parish

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.

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