Truck driver dies at Ravensworth

A CONTRACTOR has died at the surface of Xstrata Coal’s Ravensworth longwall mine (formerly Newpac No 1) in New South Wales’ Hunter Valley while operating a coal reject truck.
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The Ravensworth operation.

Blair Price

Xstrata said the death followed an incident involving the release of reject coal from a bin.

The company added that local emergency services are currently at the site and an investigation is underway, with the exact cause of death yet to be determined.

As a consequence of the fatality, operations at the longwall mine have been shut down.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, police said the contractor was a 59-year-old Singleton man who died after driving his truck and trailer into a coal loader at the mine just after 2am.

NSW Department of Primary Industries spokesman Tom Braz told International Longwall News the department was still gathering details and would make a release later in the day.

Xstrata spokesperson James Rickards told ILN the incident was the first fatality in Xstrata Coal’s Australian operational history.

Xstrata acquired the longwall mine last year.

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