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Worker dies after fall at Pilbara iron ore mine

Inspectors from Western Australia’s mining regulator are investigating the death of a worker at an iron ore mine in the state’s Pilbara region.

The 52-year-old maintenance worker died after a fall on Friday at CITIC Pacific’s Sino Iron site, about 100 kilometres south of Karratha.

CITIC Pacific’s Sino Iron project is about 100 kilometres south of Karratha in WA’s Pilbara.Credit:Tony McDonough

The company said the incident happened at the coarse ore stockpile shed in the concentrator precinct about 11am. The worker was treated at the scene before being rushed to Karratha Health Campus.

A statement from the company said the man’s next of kin in the eastern states had been notified and other workers at the site were being offered counselling.

“We extend our deep condolences to the man’s family and workmates and will work closely with investigators to determine the cause of this tragedy,” the statement read.

Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety acting director of mine safety Sally North said inspectors were travelling to the scene of the incident on Saturday.

In a Facebook post, the WA branch of the CFMEU offered its condolences to the worker’s family, friends and workmates.

“Please take care out there. No job is worth your life. No production schedule is worth the risk,” the post read.

Sino is one WA’s biggest magnetite iron ore project. The Cape Preston site is operated by the Chinese-owned CITIC, which bought the rights to mine the land from Clive Palmer’s Mineralogy.

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