Disastrous news as a worker died after collapsing to the ground at Fortescue’s Solomon Hub in the Pilbara on Thursday morning 30th of September 2021.
Elizabeth Gaines, Fortescue’s chief executive officer sympathized with the family, colleagues, and loved ones of the dead worker.
Gaines said, “This is a very sad day for Fortescue and all our thoughts are with his family as we provide our full support to them at this very difficult time.”
The company has temporarily suspended mining operations at Solomon.
Brad Gandy, Australian Worker’s Union WA branch secretary recalled that the incident was another reminder that working on mines was high risk.
Gandy also mentioned that basically, safety risks had not disappeared while the mining industries had focused on COVID-19 and workplace harassment issues.
Prior to today’s incident was death at Citic Pacific’s Sino Iron operation two weeks ago. A maintenance worker also died from injuries after a fall.
Sally North, DMIRS acting Director of Mine Safety, said the department was aware there was an incident at a Pilbara mine site earlier today.
“Mines safety inspectors from the department are traveling from Perth to attend the scene, and are expected to arrive this evening,” Ms. North said.