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Fortescue halts operations at Pilbara site after employee’s death By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A worker walks near conveyer belts loaded with iron ore at the Fortescue Solomon iron ore mine located in the Valley of the Kings, around 400 km (248 miles) south of Port Hedland in the Pilbara region of Western Australia December 2, 2013.. Pi

(Reuters) – Fortescue Metals Group (OTC:) Ltd said on Thursday an employee had died after a ground collapse at its Solomon Hub site in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, forcing it to temporarily suspend mining operations at the project.

According to Fortescue Metals Group (OTC:) Ltd, the world’s fourth-largest iron ore miner had announced its suspension earlier today. It cited a “significant accident” at the site.

Fortescue gave a short update and confirmed that there was a fatality. It also said it is working with all authorities.

The previous statement stated that operations at Solomon Hub were suspended while it conducted an investigation and was cooperating with Western Australia’s police and Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.

The state’s miners department confirmed to Reuters that they were aware of a major incident at the mine. However, it did not provide any additional details.

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It said that safety inspectors will be sent from Perth to inspect the site. They are expected to arrive at the scene in the late evening.

Solomon Hub is an isolated mining site located in Pilbara. The Solomon Hub includes Firetail and Kings Valley mines. Together, they have a production capability of 75,000,000 tonnes iron ore per year.

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