Australia 'We are shattered': Tributes flow for young Perth father who died on WA mine site

10:31  15 july  2020
10:31  15 july  2020 Source:   watoday.com.au

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a person wearing a hat: Mike Johnson. Picture: Supplied/Facebook © GoFundMe Mike Johnson. Picture: Supplied/Facebook

Tributes have begun to flow for a young Perth father who died at a Goldfields mine on Monday.

Michael Johnson was killed when the loader he was driving veered off the edge of a slope and fell about 25 metres down a void at Saracen Mineral Holding's Dervish underground mine, about 120 kilometres north-east of Kalgoorlie.

a man looking at the camera: Mike Johnson. Picture: Supplied © Facebook Mike Johnson. Picture: Supplied

Mr Johnson's death is the second mining fatality in WA this year after a 64-year-old contractor died at the Roy Hill iron ore mine in the Pilbara in January.

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Michael Johnson. Picture: GoFundMe © GoFundMe Michael Johnson. Picture: GoFundMe

The father-of-two, who was a contractor with Byrnecut, leaves behind a wife and two young sons.

Workmates paid tribute to Mr Johnson online, with more than $29,000 raised to support his family through the tragedy.

"Mate, no words," wrote one friend.

"Your infectious, fun nature, your witty humour ... and your kind heart will be missed. Rest easy up there."

Another friend wrote: "RIP my brother, was a pleasure working with you and thank you for everything you've done for not just me but the mine."

"My heart goes out to his lovely wife, beautiful boys and extended family. Absolutely shattered with this news," wrote another.

Operations at the mine - part of the broader Carosue Dam operation - started again on Wednesday morning.

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety is investigating the circumstances of Mr Johnson's death.

In a statement on Wednesday, Saracen said it was also reviewing its principal hazards and controls and helping the department with the ongoing investigation.

"The safety and wellbeing of its people is always Saracen's first priority," the statement read.

"The company again expresses its deepest sympathy to the late person's family, friends and colleagues.

"Saracen is working with its contract partners to ensure full support is provided to the family and to all Saracen employees and contractors."

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