Investigations are continuing into the workplace death of a contractor at Bengalla mine near Muswellbrook on Saturday night.
Tributes flowed yesterday for 37-year-old Quinton Moore of Scone who suffered fatal injuries just before 8pm while undertaking tyre maintenance.
Mr Moore was remembered on social media as a popular and respected member of the local community.
Operations at the mine remained suspended on Monday while police and investigators from the NSW Department of Planning’s Resources Regulator conducted investigations.
“It is a very sad industrial accident,” Hunter Valley duty officer Acting Inspector Ryan Froml said.
“We are still in the process of speaking to witnesses.”
A spokesperson for the Resources Regulator said investigators had been deployed to the site.
“As investigations are ongoing, no further comment will be provided,” the spokesman said.
The Construction, Forestery Mining and Energy Union extended its sympathy to Mr Moore’s family and friends on Monday.
“Every workplace death is a tragedy and a reminder of the inherent danger involved in mining. May he rest in peace,” the union’s statement said.
In a statement Bengalla Mining Company offered its sympathies to Mr Moore’s family, who it said had been working as a “tyre maintainer”.
“Bengalla is cooperating as investigations are undertaken with a view to ascertaining how the incident occurred.”
The mine prides itself on safety; the company’s mission statement is to “produce safe, productive, profitable coal”.
Support had also been offered workers who may be affected by the tragedy.