BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) has reported an incident at its Saraji Mine near Moranbah, Queensland, which resulted in the death of one of BMA’s workers.
|Allan Houston (L). Photo courtesy of BHP|
Allan Houston, 49, from the Rockhampton region died on New Year's Eve when a dozer he was operating rolled from a height. Further details of the incident remain unclear, as both internal and external investigators probe the death.
According to a statement released by BMA, the site Incident Management Team was activated immediately following the incident, and BMA is working closely with the relevant authorities on this incident.
“The welfare of the family of the deceased and the safety of our people are our highest priorities,” said BMA in a released statement.
“We are deeply saddened by this news and will provide more information as it is available.
“Our immediate focus is to support Allan’s family and friends as well as our people that may be affected by this incident. Allan was a well-known and popular member of the Saraji and Workpac team,” said BMA.
As well as extending its condolences to the worker's family and his co-workers, the Construction Forestry Mining & Energy Union (CFMEU) called for BMA and the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy to ensure transparency in investigations.
BMA has confirmed that company representatives have met with Mr Houston’s family and will continue to provide support during this “deeply emotional time”.
Mr Houston began his career as an apprentice boilermaker at Blackwater Mine in approximately 1988 and since then, worked in the industry at various mines in Queensland.
Operations at Saraji Mine have been suspended until further notice.