The worker killed at the Big Bell underground mine in Western Australia’s Mid West region on Wednesday has been named as 25-year-old Paige Counsell.
Ms Counsell was struck by mobile plant equipment at the Big Bell mine but died while being transported to a Perth hospital via the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
In a statement, Westgold said Ms Counsell was a valued member of its mining services arm Minterra.
“The company again expresses its deepest sympathy to Paige’s family, friends and colleagues,” it said.
“Westgold is engaged with Paige’s family to ensure they are supported throughout this difficult time.”
The company has been given the all clear from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety to resume operations at the mine near Cue, about 350 kilometres east of Kalbarri.
The company said it would gradually restart mining because of the impact Ms Counsell’s death has had on the Big Bell team.
“In recognition of the distress caused by the incident on our tight-knit workforce at Big Bell, Westgold and Minterra have elected to gradually return to regular operational activities,” the company said.
“This will allow time for all of our employees and contractors at the site to receive counselling and feel comfortable returning to work.
“As such, it is expected that operations will progressively return to normal over the coming weeks.”
Westgold said it would continue to work with DMIRS inspectors who travelled to the mine after the incident to finalise the investigation.
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