A crime scene has been established after a man was killed while working in an underground mine at Lightning Ridge on Friday.
Police said the 52-year-old man was in an underground mine in the Grawin Opal Fields when the accident occurred.
Initial inquiries suggest the man was attempting to repair a hoist in the sump area of the mine when he was struck by a steel bucket.
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“Police have been told that the man was hit by a steel bucket that fell into the sump which caused significant crush injuries,” officers said.
A work colleague phoned emergency services and paramedics descended into the mine, however despite desperate attempts, the man was unable to be revived.
Police are now working with SafeWork NSW and the Mines Department investigators to establish all circumstances surrounding the man’s death.