Miner falls to his death at Sino Iron mine site in WA’s North West

Brianna DuganThe West Australian
Sino Iron mine site.
Camera IconSino Iron mine site. Credit: Supplied

A man has fallen to his death at a Pilbara mine site on Friday morning.

The 52-year-old maintenance worker died from injuries sustained in the fall which occurred about 11am at the Sino Iron site in the State’s North West.

The man — who was a contractor — was treated by paramedics at the mine before being transferred to Karratha Health Campus in a critical condition.

It is understood he died on the way to the hospital.

The Sino Iron project is operated by China’s CITIC Pacific Mining.

The Sino Iron site is operated by China’s CITIC Pacific Mining.
Camera IconThe Sino Iron site is operated by China’s CITIC Pacific Mining. Credit: CITIC Pacific Mining/Supplied

A spokesman for the company said the man’s family had been notified and support was being provided by his direct employer.

“We’re currently directing our efforts to helping those affected at site, including provision of counselling, and managing the incident under the guidance of relevant authorities,” the spokesman said.

“We extend our deep condolences to the man’s family and workmates and will work closely with investigators to determine the cause of this tragedy.”

Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union took to Facebook to share the news in a statement late last night.

“Reports coming that a scaffolder working in the North West has died on the way to hospital after a fall. Our deepest condolences to the family, friends and workmates,” the statement read.

“(Someone) will be heading to the site tomorrow morning to check in with workers and make sure they’re OK.”

Citic's Sino Iron project.
Camera IconCitic's Sino Iron project. Credit: Margaret Bertling

It is understood the mine did not shut down operations during the day yesterday, however the area was sectioned off and isolated.

The WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s Sally North confirmed the Department was investigating and safety inspectors would travel to the scene today.

“Our thoughts are with those affected by this tragic event,” she said.

WA Police confirmed it was notified of the incident on Friday and police officers attended the mine site as part the investigation into the man’s death.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

The Sino Iron magnetite operation is located at Cape Preston, about 100km south of Karratha.

Clive Palmer controls the underlying mining tenements and it’s the mine from which he derives the bulk of his wealth thanks to royalties.

The last fatality at the mine was in 2009.

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