Monday, 26 May 2014

Worker killed at Western Australia mine.

A worker has died following an incident at the Stone Resources operated Brightstar Mine about 40 km east of Leverton in Western Australia. Full details of the incident are not yet available, but it is thought that a 63-year old man, employed by contractor CPC Engineering, died while operating a fork-lift truck at the site at about 10.20 am local time on Monday 26 May 2014.

Excavation at the Brightstar Alpha Pit. Watpac.

The Brightstar Mine is an open pit gold mine extracting gold ore from a saprolite layer about 10 m bellow the surface. Saprolites are ancient, weathered rock formations, formed in areas where rock was exposed at the surface for long periods without tectonic movement. This weathering can serve to concentrate some stable minerals, such as gold ores, as less stable components of the rock are worn away. Saprolites are a common source of ore in Australia, and in western Australia in particular, where they are easy to remove with mechanical digging apparatus.

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