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Paddington incident leads to crusher shutdown

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A loader became lodged in an ore crusher at the Paddington Mill last week, with no workers injured.

The Department of Mines and Petroleum is presently investigating the accident, in which the bucket of the loader became stuck inside the crusher, but was removed on Friday.

It is understood by Australian Mining that such accidents can be related to vehicle speed and bucket overloading.

The Paddington Mill is 35 kilometres north-west of Kalgoorlie, and is owned by Norton Gold Fields Limited.

DMP mine safety director Andrew Chaplyn said crushing operations at the site had been suspended.

Norton managing director Dianmin Chen said an internal investigation was also under way, and that the crusher would be checked for damage before operation could continue.

Chen said there was no effect on production thanks to extensive ore stockpiles at the plant.

Norton is currently engaged in a takeover bid of Bullabulling Gold, and have extended their offer price, eight cents per share for a 30 per cent or greater interest in the company, until June 30.

Norton has said there will be no further increases of the offer price as no other entities have expressed their interest in Bullabulling.

Norton’s offer is conditional on attaining a relevant interest in Bullabulling of 30 per cent, with an unconditional offer of 7 cents.

Bullabulling is currently trading at 7.1 cents, bid at 7.2 cents.

Image: Kalgoorlie Miner

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