Saracen, DMIRS to probe Carosue Dam accident

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Saracen Mineral Holdings will be investigating a fatal accident at the Dervish mine in its Carosue Dam operations in Western Australia.

The accident involved a contract worker who sadly passed away last Tuesday, with the investigation ongoing alongside the Western Australian Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS).

“This is an extremely tragic accident and all our thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time,” Saracen managing director Raleigh Finlayson said.

“The health and safety of our people is always our first priority. Saracen is currently working closely with the WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety on the continuing investigation, while working with our contract partners to ensure full support is provided to the family and all Saracen employees and contractors.”

Saracen has since resumed processing operations at Carosue Dam, and will pick up underground development and open pit mining activities in due course.

The company stated in an ASX announcement that it was undertaking a review on the principal hazards and controls, carrying out workplace audits and inspections, and compiling a return to work plans to ensure a safe return for its employees.

Saracen also confirmed that its other operations, including the Thunderbox mine and Super Pit in Western Australia were operating as normal.

Its 2021 financial year guidance remains unchanged.