The rigger killed at the Boggabri coal mine on Wednesday has been identified as Mark Galton.
Aged in his early 50s, Galton was a keen surfer and president of the Ulladulla Boardriders Club.
NSW Trade and Investment’s mine safety commission are investigating the accident.
The accident occurred at the Boggabri Coal Expansion Project, and involved staff of the construction contractor Thiess Sedgeman Joint Venture.
Reports at this stage are varied, but it seems Galton was working in an EWP basket about 15m off the ground when he was struck by a steel structure.
Galton suffered critical injuries to his head and neck, and was alive when paramedics arrived on the scene.
CPR was performed, however Galton went into traumatic cardiac arrest and died at the scene.
Mine owner Idemitsu Australia Resources closed down all operations immediately as a mark of respect to the worker and all affected by the accident.
Production recommenced at the Boggabri Coal Mine yesterday..
Construction on the expansion project remains stopped while the investigation is underway.