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Westgold (ASX:WGX) shares in trading halt after mine worker killed

Westgold shares remain in a trading halt after the company last night announced a fatal incident took place at its Big Bell mine.
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Westgold Resources Ltd (ASX: WGX) shares have today remained in a trading halt after ceasing trading around midday yesterday. This comes after the company last night announced an incident had taken place at its Big Bell mine. Regrettably, the incident involved a mine worker being killed after she was struck by mobile plant.

In response to the incident, Westgold halted production at its Big Bell mine and suspended trading of its shares on Tuesday. The company advised that trading in its shares will be halted for 48 hours as investigations into the incident continue. 

The Westgold share price fell by more than 5% yesterday when news of the incident first broke out, before trading was halted.

What happened at Westgold’s mine?

Westgold has reported that a female worker was struck and fatally injured at the Big Bell mine. The company’s emergency response teams attended the scene and rendered assistance to the injured worker before the Royal Flying Doctor Service attended and transported the patient to Perth.

Tragically, the injured worker passed away while in transit to Perth. 

The incident is currently being investigated by the WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS), and the company says it is cooperating with those investigations.

Mining operations at Big Bell have been temporarily suspended and will remain so until further notice.

Westgold says it will continue to provide support to the family of the worker and the team at Big Bell.

Westgold Resources executive chairman Peter Cook said:

Our hearts go out to the family of our employee as well as her colleagues. This devastating news has shaken all of us at Westgold to our core.

The safety and wellbeing of our people is a priority to us, which is why we will ensure that a thorough investigation is conducted into this tragic incident.

In the meantime, we will be extending all the support required to her family and to her colleagues at this difficult time.

Westgold shares last traded at $2.62.

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