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Fatality pauses work at underground mine

Byrnecut workers
Byrnecut workers

A modern resources company postponed one of its underground operations after a worker died.

Machinery fatally injured one Byrnecut Group employee at OZ Minerals’ Prominent Hill Copper, Silver and Gold Mine at Mount Eba, about 136km southeast of Coober Pedy.

South Australia Police confirmed emergency services arrived at the scene to find a 43-year-old man with life-threatening injuries. He died shortly after.

The proponent temporarily suspended operations and both the State Department of Energy and Mining and SafeWork SA decided to let work resume the following day.

“Staggered resumption of surface operations began on Monday (6 September 2021) afternoon and, following discussions with crews, underground operations are progressively resuming,” the company said in a public statement.

“OZ Minerals and Byrnecut are providing support to the family of the deceased and offering employee assistance support for the workforce across all sites. OZ Minerals and Byrnecut are [also] working with authorities on the incident investigation.”

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