St Ives gold mine has suspended activity following the tragic death of an underground mining contractor yesterday. A second contractor has since been released with minor injuries.
Gold Fields, who own the mine, have said they won’t resume operations until an independent investigation by WA mining regulators is complete.
Lines attributable to Greens spokesperson for resources, Yamatji-Noongar Woman Senator Dorinda Cox:
“Our deepest condolences are with the victim’s family, friends and colleagues.
“Every worker has the right to go to work and return home safely at the end of the day.
“Gold Fields must work together with the investigators to determine the cause of this tragedy and implement changes to ensure worker safety.
“Gold Fields must ensure any recommendations from the investigation are also implemented at their other sites: Agnew, Granny Smith and Gruyere.
“The mining industry has the third highest fatality rate of any industry in Australia. It is critical findings from previous investigations are implemented and enforced so that these tragedies can be avoided.
“The Greens ‘National Energy Transition Authority Bill 2022’ currently before the Senate will establish an independent public authority to guide Australia’s shift to renewable energy. The body will have law reform and advice functions to improve harm minimisation in the sector.”