15 Sep 2014

Miner killed in rockfall at controversial Papua mine

5:30 pm on 15 September 2014

A mine worker has been killed in a rockfall at a controversial copper and gold mine in Indonesia's Papua province.

The Papua Police spokesman, Senior Commissioner Sulistyo Hartono, says the incident happened at the Freeport McMoRan mine at Grasberg, at 4am local time on Saturday, while workers were installing safety equipment in the tunnel's ceiling.

He says rocks started falling as the team were using a piece of heavy machinery called a "jumbo jack".

The Freeport McMoran mine near Grasberg, West Papua

The Freeport McMoran mine near Grasberg, West Papua Photo: AFP

The operator of the machine, Roby Hermawan, was crushed by the collapsing ceiling.

Mr Hermawan's body was recovered by rescuers, and taken to hospital.

The team also managed to evacuate and save another victim in the incident.

The Jakarta Globe reports Freeport's Indonesia spokeswoman, Daisy Primayanti, was not available for comment.

The mine is the world's second-biggest copper and gold mine, where 28 workers were killed in May last year in a tunnel collapse.