A MAN has been killed in an industrial accident at a coal mine in the New South Wales Hunter Valley.
Emergency services were called to the Bengalla Coal Mine outside of Muswellbrook about 8pm on Saturday after a man, contracted as a tyre maintainer, was found dead at the site.
It’s understood the man was carrying out maintenance on a tyre when he was fatally injured.
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In a statement, the Bengalla Mining Company extended their sympathies to the man’s family.
“Bengalla Mining Company (Bengalla) wishes to extend its deepest sympathies and respect to the family of a tyre maintainer who passed away after a tragic accident at Bengalla overnight,” the statement said.
“The employee of a contract tyre company was injured during tyre maintenance.
“Bengalla has offered support to workers who may be affected by the tragedy, and will offer support to his family at the appropriate time.
“Bengalla is cooperating as investigations are undertaken with a view to ascertaining how the incident occurred.”
Operations at the mine have been suspended until further notice.
The NSW planning and environment mining division is investigating the circumstances surrounding the tragedy.