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Tragedy befalls $443M exotic metal mine in southern WA

Independence Group
Independence Group

A diversified mining and exploration company has confirmed its worst fears that a worker, who was seriously injured on September 11, will not be returning to the work site.

Independence Group revealed an employee of a contracting company died on September 18, a week after hurting himself while securing a truck load at the Nova Nickel Copper Mine, 351 km southeast of Kalgoorlie.

“Independence Group NL regrets to advise that a fatality has occurred as a result of an incident at the Nova operation on 11 September 2019,” group managing director and CEO Peter Bradford said in a statement to the Australian stock market.

Doctors could not save him

The proponent revealed the man was transported to a nearby hospital emergency department but health professionals could not prevent him from dying shortly after.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic news and our heartfelt condolences go to the family. All our contractors, whether they are site based or not, are part of the IGO team,” Bradford said.

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‘Full support’ for the family

The company also confirmed the contractor is providing “full support to the family”.

“We are making every effort to ensure we care for the wellbeing of all of our people,” Bradford said.

The WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has already been informed and visited the site to perform an initial investigation. Mine operations were suspended for a total of 29 hours.

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