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Contractor killed at Telfer gold mine

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A contract miner has been killed whilst working on Newcrest Mining's Telfer gold mine's tailings dam.

It occurred yesterday morning.

The man, who is believed to be from The Exact Mining Group, was reportedly crushed by polypipe, according to an unnamed source.

First aid was attempted, but was unsuccessful.

Crews have received counselling, whilst work has been suspended on site.

Speaking to Newcrest, they told Australian Mining that "a serious incident has occurred at Telfer which has tragically resulted in the death of a contractor".

"We send our condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of the man, and are providing any assistance we can at this time," the spokesperson added.

The Department of Mines and Petroleum was immediately informed of the incident and was on site investigating last night.

This is the second fatal mining accident in the space of a week, and the second in the Pilbara this year

On Saturday a female contractor was killed in an accident at GlencoreXstrata's Ravensworth open cut mine.

The 38-year-old operator was crushed to death on site when the light vehicle she was driving collided with a dump truck just before midnight on Saturday.

In August a contractor, Kurt Williams, waskilled whilst carrying out maintenance work on a large motor at Fortescue Metals' crushing plant.

Only months later at Fortescue's Christmas Creek mine a worker was seriously injured in a haul truck accident.

The truck driver was injured when his vehicle ran into the back of another in October.

According to a report on mining safety released last month, contractors are more likely to be seriously or fatally injuredthan full time employees on site.

“By the very nature of their role, contractors are often engaged to perform non-standard or specialist talks that in some cases require a higher level of risk management than would normally be needed,” QLD Mine Safety and Health Commissioner Stewart Bell explained.

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