Miner re­mem­bered

Pilbara News - - News - Claire Tyrrell

The mother of a Pil­bara mine worker who was killed last week has de­scribed him as a hard worker who would do any­thing for his fam­ily.

Lee Buz­zard, 32, was crushed at Rio Tinto’s Chan­nar iron ore mine in Parabur­doo early last Mon­day.

The diesel fit­ter lived in Parabur­doo and reg­u­larly vis­ited his mother Sharon Wester­man’s home in Lands­dale to spend time with her and his younger twin brothers Kyle and Evan McGann.

Ms Wester­man said her son was her “best friend”.

“We had a con­nec­tion that was so close,” she said. “He would worry about me and I would worry about him.”

Ms Wester­man broke down as she heard the news of her old­est son’s death.

“The po­lice asked me: ‘Do you have a son called Lee?’” she said. “I don’t re­mem­ber any­thing af­ter that. I just started scream­ing.”

She did not want to spec­u­late on whether the mine’s safety stan­dards con­trib­uted to the in­ci­dent.

Pic­ture: Sharon Smith

Twin half-brothers of Chan­nar mine worker Lee Buz­zard, Kyle and Evan McGann.

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