Death highlights mine site seclusion

Posted October 14, 2015

The reality of mine site isolation was highlighted earlier this year when a worker died alone in his camp accommodation.

Cleaning staff found the body of a 54-year-old man in his room at a mine village in Cloncurry on July 27.

Police confirmed that the contract construction labourer died of natural causes.

The man’s body was found four days after he completed his last shift.

“The contractor finished his work shift at the Ernest Henry Mine at 5.31 pm on Thursday 23 July 2015 and was dropped off at his room in a Cloncurry accommodation village associated with the mine,” said a spokesman for the Department of Natural Resources and Mines.

“He was found deceased in his room by cleaning staff at the village at approximately 11 am on Monday 27 July 2015.”

Ernest Henry Mining released a statement confirming the death.

“Emergency procedures were immediately activated and external authorities were notified and responded.”

“Our thoughts are with family, friends and work colleagues during this difficult time.”

Police and the Mines Inspectorate have prepared reports for the Coroner, who will determine cause of death.


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