NSW police prepare report for Coroner after mine death

Police will prepare a report for the Coroner after the death of a man at Lightning Ridge last week, NSW Police say.

About 3pm on Friday 4 November 2016 a 52-year-old man was working in an underground mine in the Grawin Opal Fields.

It is believed that while the man was attempting to make a repair to a hoist in the sump area of the mine.

Police have been told that the man was struck by a steel bucket that fell into the sump which caused significant crush injuries.

A work colleague contacted emergency services and Ambulance paramedics descended into the mine but were unable to revive the man.

Police from Castlereagh Local Area Command established a crime scene at the location and commenced their inquiries.

The officers will work with SafeWork NSW and the Mines Department investigators.

Police from Lightning Ridge will prepare a report for the Coroner outlining all the circumstances surrounding the man’s death.

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