A New South Wales Hunter Valley mine has been shut down for the time being following the death of a contractor.
The contractor was killed after suffering crushing injuries from a coal truck.Emergency crews were called to the scene near Singleton. A spokesperson for the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) reports that the trainee pulled out from a give-way sign onto the mines haulage road when her four-wheel drive was struck by a fully packed coal truck.
The driver of the truck had to be taken to a nearby hospital for reportedly suffering shock.
All operations have been closed down until the police and NSW Government mine inspectors have finished their investigations.
A statement from the Glencore mine said its “primary concern is for the safety, care and welfare of our employees and we are providing all possible support for the families of the people involved”.
Staff at the mine can access counseling which was supplied for by management.
The state’s Minister for Resources, Chris Hartcher, said an extensive report is being compiled before being sent to the coroner.
“I would like to personally extend my condolences to the families, co-workers and employers of those involved in this tragic accident,” he said in a statement.
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