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