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Mine worker seriously injured at Fortescue's Christmas Creek

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Mine worker seriously injured at Fortescue's Christmas Creek

A Pilbara mine worker has been seriously injured when two haul trucks collided at Fortescue Metals Group’s Christmas Creek mine.

A truck driver was injured when his vehicle ran into the back of another at about 1am on Tuesday morning.

The ABC reports the man was trapped in the rear of the truck’s cabin for more than five hours, suffering serious leg and pelvis injuries.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service stabilised the 42-year-old man onsite before he was airlifted to Royal Perth Hospital, where he remains in a serious condition.

An FMG spokesperson said the man was a MacMahon Holdings contractor and the company will launch a full investigation into the accident.

"Fortescue's priorities are to ensure the best care for the worker and support for his family and colleagues. A full investigation into the incident will be conducted to identify the cause," the spokesperson said.

It is the second serious accident at the Christmas Creek site in less than three months.

In August Australian Mining reported 26-year-old electrician Kurt Williams was killed while working in the site’s crushing plant.

Williams was employed by FMG’s contractor Crushing Services International.

Since the fatality FMG has used its step-in rights to take over the management of its ore processing at Christmas Creek away from the contractor.

Tuesday’s accident is being investigated by the Department of Mines and Petroleum.


 

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