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GlencoreXstrata miner dies on site

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An Xstrata miner has died of a suspected heart attack while working underground at the company’s Oaky Creek No 1 mine.

Suffering chest pains on Wednesday afternoon, the worker’s colleagues attempted to save the 50-year-old man, Central Queensland News reports.

"All his work colleagues pulled together and were having turns at doing CPR, but were unsuccessful in reviving him," Tieri police Senior Constable Duane Killick said.

"He was brought to the surface about 4pm, where CPR was continued before an intensive care paramedic from Emerald arrived and assisted the local paramedics, but there was nothing they could do." The man was a local resident of Tieri and long-time Xstrata employee.

A Glencore spokesperson said an investigation is underway into the death.

“We are providing all possible support for our employee’s family and all staff at Oaky Creek complex are being offered counselling,” the spokesperson said.

A report on the findings of the investigation by mine inspectors and Oaky Creek management will be prepared for the Department of Mineral Resources.

Police are now preparing a report for the coroner.

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