Sunday 25 August 2019

Collapsing wall buries miner in Northern Territory, Australia.

A miner at a manganese mine in Australia's Northern Territory was buried beneath a collapsing wall at about 2.40 pm local time on Saturday 24 August 2019. The incident happened at the  Bootu Creek Mine, operated by OM Manganese, a subsidiary of OM Holdings, about 110 kilometres north of Tennant Creek, but rescue workers have not yet been able to approach the site, due to concerns about the stability of the rock face. The victim has not yet been named, but is described as a 59-year-old man from Darwin.

The Bootu Creek Mine. OM Manganese.

The Bootu Creek Mine has been in operation since 2006. In 2011 the company was fined $150 000 for damaging a site sacred to the Kunapa people of Australia's Northern Territory by magistrates in Darwin. The site, known as Two Women Sitting Down, which sat on an outcrop less than 10 m from the mine pit. OM Manganese pleaded guilty to damaging the site but not guilty to desecration, but magistrates found the company guilty on both counts, fining it $120 000 of a possible $130 000 for the act of desecration and $30 000 of a potential $270 000 for the damage; a low fine was levied for damaging the site as the company pleaded guilty on this count.

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