IMAGE: Explosion operator, 25, killed when ground collapsed at outback iron ore mine
- David Armstrong, 25, Died Thursday at Fortescue Metal’s Pilbara Solomon Hub
- Fortescue has closed the site and mine safety inspectors are investigating
- Family and friends paid tribute, police prepare report for coroner
There has been an outpouring of grief over the tragic death of drilling and explosion operator David Armstrong at an iron ore mine in Western Australia.
Armstrong, 25, died Thursday at Fortescue Metal’s Solomon Hub in the Pilbara after the ground collapsed.
“I will love you until the end of time,” his brother Coen wrote on social media.
“A young man kidnapped way too early,” wrote a friend.
Armstrong, 25, died Thursday at Fortescue Metal’s Solomon Hub in the Pilbara after the ground collapsed
Fortescue CEO Elizabeth Gaines said she was thinking of the dead man’s family, friends and colleagues.
“This is a very sad day for Fortescue and all our thoughts are with his family as we offer them our full support at this very difficult time,” she said.
Fortescue has closed the site and mine safety inspectors from WA’s Department of Mines have traveled from Perth to investigate.
The Minerals Council of Australia is “deeply saddened” by Mr Armstrong’s passing.
“The mineral industry’s highest value and priority is the health and safety of its workforce,” it said in a statement.
Fortescue is an iron ore mining giant owned by billionaire Andrew Forrest.
The Solomon site includes the Firetail, Kings Valley and Queens Valley mines and is one of several Fortescue sites in the Pilbara.
The WA Police Department is preparing a report for the coroner.
The Solomon site includes the Firetail, Kings Valley and Queens Valley mines and is one of several Fortescue sites in the Pilbara