Fatality statistics in the Western Australian mining industry

Fatality statistics in the Western Australian mining industry captures the number of people killed in the industry in the Australian state of Western Australia. During the period 2000-2012 (inclusive), a total of 52 fatalities occurred.[1] In 2006, the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia commissioned a taxonomic study to analyse the 306 mining fatalities which occurred between 1970 and 2006.[2] The Department of Mines and Petroleum, later renamed the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, the governing authority for the industry in the state, has published statistics for fatalities in mining dating back to 1943 and intends to publish statistics dating back to 1886, though early records are not expected to be exhaustive.[3]

Categorisation

The department lists the fatality statistics categorised by commodity, date, fiscal year, occupation, causes, report status and type of mining (underground or surface).[3] Records up until 1967 are not categorised by commodity and instead appear as "not categorised" in the listing. Categorisation began in 1967 and almost all fatalities are categorised after 1968.[3]

Omissions

The statistics do not include the 2000 Australia Beechcraft King Air crash, when a flight to the Gwalia Gold Mine, with seven Sons of Gwalia employees onboard failed to land, instead continuing on to Burketown, where it eventually crashed, having run out of fuel. The pilot and the plane's seven passengers were all killed.[4]

Recent fatalities

The most recent fatalities in the Western Australian mining industry are:

  • 20 June 2019: Andrew Herd (44), haul truck driver, was killed at the Red Hill granite quarry, operated by HeidelbergCement's Australian arm, Hanson Construction Materials, near Perth, when his truck fell from the haul road into the pit.[5]
  • 15 August 2018: Daniel Patterson (28), haul truck driver, was killed at Rio Tinto's Channar mine near Paraburdoo when his truck veered off the road.[6]
  • 26 April 2018: Neville Bentley (42), a face shovel operator, was crushed between the excavator's ladder and handrail at Griffin Coal’s Ewington coal mine, Collie.[7][8]
  • 26 July 2016: Lindsay Bridges (60), a boilermaker, working at the Central Norseman gold mine plant inside a thickener tank during a shutdown, was crushed when a corroded gantry above him failed and collapsed.[9]
  • 20 June 2016: Lee Buzzard (32), a fitter, died while performing maintenance on a drilling rig at Rio's Channar mine, near Paraburdoo.[10][11]
  • 16 November 2015: Adam Perttula (28), jumbo drilling offsider, collapsed underground in hot conditions at the Paulsens Gold Mine, south of Pannawonica, and died the next day.[10][11]
  • 7 September 2015: Hira Rewita (56) killed when his haul truck rolled over at Cornishman gold mine, Southern Cross.[10][12][11]
  • 15 May 2015: Joshua Martin (24) crushed between the chargeup basket and the roof of a cross-cut, at Telfer gold mine.[10][13]
  • 11 May 2015: Adam Hardaker (46), an underground bogger operator, was struck by a rock falling from a rill during bogging operations at Aditya Birla Minerals’ Nifty Copper Mine.[14][10]
  • 20 January 2015: Philip Kitching (62) was fatally crushed during maintenance work on a bulldozer at Woodie Woodie manganese mine.[10]
  • 26 May 2014: Lance Farber (63) killed operating a forklift at Mikado Mine, Laverton.[15]
  • 15 February 2014: Wayne Fowlie (59) killed by a rock fall in the Harlequin Mine, Norseman.[15]
  • 29 December 2013: Allen Zuvella (33) was killed in the heavy vehicle workshop at FMG's Christmas Creek mine.[16] The second fatality at the mine in four months.[17]
  • 4 December 2013: Stephen Hampton (43), a contractor at the Newcrest Mining-owned Telfer Mine was killed while working on the tailings dam.[18][17]
  • 14 August 2013: Kurt Williams (26), an electrician at FMG's Christmas Creek mine was killed when he sustained fatal crush injuries in the crushing plant.[19][17]
  • 16 August 2011: Brent Glew (27) was killed at Rio Tinto's Brockman 2 mine, being crushed by a hydraulic cylinder of a front-end loader.[20][21]
  • 24 December 2010: Paul Torre (39), killed while carrying out maintenance on a haul truck, at the Cloud Break mine in the Pilbara, an iron ore mine operated by the Fortescue Metals Group.[22][23][24]
  • 5 August 2010: Rene Ponce (60), miner at the Norseman Gold Mine in the Eastern Goldfields fell while removing ladders in an escape rise.[25][26]
  • 11 April 2010: Wayne Lance Ross (45), an underground loader operator at the Perseverance nickel mine at Leinster, operated by BHP Billiton, drove into an open stope void and fell 25 metres.[27][28]
  • 6 August 2009: Daniel Owen Williams (26), bogger operator, died after falling 25m onto broken rock in an ore pass at Barrick's underground Kanowna Belle Gold Mine.[14]
  • 7 January 2009: Karen Mitchell (54), haul truck driver, died from injuries after falling 3.1 metres to the ground while cleaning the windscreen of her truck, at KCGM's Fimiston Open Pit.[14][29]
  • 25 August 2008: Paul Sparkes (29), was fatally injured while assembling and inflating a heavy earth mover tyre at BHP's Yandi iron ore mine.[14]

Multiple fatalities

Multiple fatalities in the Western Australian mining industry are very rare nowadays and none have occurred since June 2000. Here a list of all multiple fatalities in the industry since 1939:[30]

  • 2000, 26 June: Three men died as a result of the failure of a sandfill bulkhead at Bronzewing Gold Mine, located in the northern Goldfields.[31][32]
  • 1997, 1 September: Two men died during a rockfall in a stope at the Victor Decline underground nickel mine, Kambalda.[33]
  • 1990, 7 February: Two men, a mining engineer and the managing director of a contracting company, died when a concrete block fell down the raise in the Edwards Find underground gold mine, near Marvel Loch.[34]
  • 1989, 13 June: Six men died when a decline at the underground Emu Mine, now the Agnew Gold Mine, flooded after heavy rain.[35][36][37]
  • 1985, 11 December: Two men died in a stope of the Agnew underground nickel mine, Leinster, due to lack of oxygen.[38]
  • 1978, 9 June: Two men died, suffocating, while cleaning a converter vessel in a nickel plant.[39]
  • 1977, 14 July: Two men died, being struck by an iron ore train while doing track maintenance.[40]
  • 1977, 27 April: Five men died when a kibble fell into the shaft of the Agnew underground nickel mine, Leinster, due to a winder malfunction.[41]
  • 1975, 28 May: Two men were killed by a rock fall in an underground nickel mine.[42]
  • 1974, 13 August: Two men died in a head-on collision of two in an iron ore mine.[43]
  • 1960, 12 October: Two men were killed in an explosives accident underground.[44]
  • 1960, 24 August: Two men were killed when falling from a cage in the Horseshoe No 2 mine, Boulder.[45]
  • 1954, 18 November 1954: Two men were killed in an explosion in a magazine at White Rock Quarries, Gosnells.[46]
  • 1953, 5 January: Two men died when they were buried by a ground fall in the Baddera Lead Mine, near Northampton.[47]
  • 1952, 19 September: Two men died when they were buried by a slime dump at the Ivanhoe gold mine, Boulder.[48]
  • 1951, 30 November: Two diamond drillers were killed on the 2,650 ft level of the Hamilton shaft of the Great Boulder mine when they drilled into a pocket of gas that exploded.[49]
  • 1951, 5 October: Two men were killed in an explosives accident on the 1600 ft level of the Associated shaft, Lake View and Star mine, Boulder.[50]
  • 1951, 1 June: Three men were crushed when a trolley fell to the bottom of the main shaft where they were working, in the Sons of Gwalia underground mine, Leonora.[51]
  • 1950, 10 March: Two timbermen were struck by a descending counterweight and fell down the shaft of the Big Bell mine.[52][53]
  • 1950, 13 January: Two men were killed by the air blast from a massive rock fall falling down the shaft of the Big Bell mine.[54][55]
  • 1946, 1 March: Three men were killed in an underground rock fall at the Hill 50 gold mine, Mt Magnet.[56]
  • 1946, 23 January: Two men were killed in a blast at the Ora Banda Amalgamated gold mine, Ora Banda.[57]
  • 1943, 17 July: Three men died of suffocation underground, two of them while attempting to rescue the third, at the Great Boulder gold mine, Boulder.[58]
  • 1940, 19 March: Two miners were crushed by a fall of earth in a stope of the Hannans Star shaft, Boulder.[59]
  • 1939, 22 February: Three miners were overcome by fumes in a winze at the Maybell gold mine, Norseman.[60]

Fatalities statistics

These are the statistics of fatalities by year, type of mining and commodity, subdivided into decades:[61]

2011 to 2020

Fatalities in the current decade, as of 1 January 2017:

Year GD IO NI BM BA DI DS SM UM All
2011 3 3 3
2012 0
2013 1 2 3 3
2014 1 1 1
2015 3 2 2 3 5
2016 1 1 1
20112020 5 6 0 2 0 0 0 9 4 13

2001 to 2010

Fatalities in the decade 2001 - 2010:

Year GD IO NI BM BA DI DS SM UM All
2001 1 3 2 6 6
2002 1 1 1 1 2
2003 2 1 1 1 4 1 5
2004 2 3 3 2 5
2005 2 1 1 2 2 4
2006 1 2 1 2 3
2007 2 1 1 2 2 4
2008 1 3 4 4
2009 2 3 1 5 1 6
2010 1 1 1 1 2 3
20012010 14 14 9 1 1 1 2 29 13 42
  • Only the commodities with fatalities during this decade are listed.

1943 to 2010

Fatalities by decade:

Year GD IO NI BM BA CY CL CM DI DS MS SA TT OT NC All
19431950 107 107
19511960 142 142
19611970 12 12 6 1 1 1 1 3 55 92
19711980 15 44 31 4 1 6 5 3 4 1 114
19811990 44 8 19 4 1 1 1 2 4 4 1 89
19912000 42 8 10 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 71
20012010 14 14 9 1 1 1 2 42
19432010 127 86 75 3 12 1 5 8 3 3 8 4 4 11 307 657
  • Up until the late 1960s, all fatalities are listed under "not categorised" in the DMP database.

Key

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