Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Worker killed in rockfall at South Australian copper mine.

A worker has been killed in a rockfall at the BHP Billiton owned Olympic Dam Copper Mine in South Australia. Brian Partington, 47, was struck on the chest by falling rocks at about 6.00 am local time on Tuesday 10 February 2015. The cause of the incident is not yet clear, and production at the mine has been halted while an investigation is carried out by SafeWork South Australia and the local police.

The Olympic Dam Copper Mine. Inception Group.

The Olympic Dam Mine is the world's fourth largest copper mine and largest uranium mine, with 70% of its income coming from copper, 25% from uranium and 5% from other metals (principally gold and silver). The mine has faced criticism from environmental groups due to the amount of water it uses, but is considered a modern well equipped mine with a good safety record.

The approximate location of the Olympic Dam Mine. Google Maps.

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