A remote employee who died on the job was remembered as both a diligent and loyal team member.
The late Terry Hogan was recently mourned almost two months after the fly-in fly-out worker died from a rockfall at Gold Fields’ St Ives mine, 80km south of Kalgoorlie.
The RUC Mining contractor and Mundijong man perished while performing airleg mining work near a vent rise at the Hamlet underground operation on 11 October 2022. The 37-year-old is survived by his partner and children.
“I cannot express our grief as we try to rebuild our shattered hearts and lives. I live now in honour of Terry’s legacy, his courage, dedication and determination for his family,” widow Amanda Hogan told the latest St Barbara’s Miners Memorial according to Seven West Media.
“This should never happen to anyone. The loss his six children and I are enduring day-by-day is not able to be put into words.”
The family thanked everyone who extended sympathy, condolences and support during this difficult time.
BHP revealed recent workplace deaths underline the importance of occupational health and safety.
“These tragic incidents are a terrible reminder of the risks people face in our industry,” Nickel West general manager Matthew Terry said according to the media outlet.
“I am accountable for ensuring the continued safety of more than 350 people … [and] it is what I think about most and what keeps me up a night.”
A Gofundme campaign raised at least $2270 out of its $10,000 target to cover funeral expenses at the time of publication.
“I know Terry would be forever grateful [and] thank people for knowing he had his back like he had all of ours through thick and thin,” Hogan said on the campaign website.