Date Of Death13 April 1997
DiagnosisA crew had lit-up a fuse to initiate the blasting of a stripping round near a decline face and, using a vehicle, retreated up the decline past the point of where another party was looking for them, without either party noticing the other. The second party, which included deceased, then traveled down the decline to the face, still in search of the face crew and unaware that the blast had been initiated. As Mr Abel got out of the car, the blast detonated and was he struck by a flying rock.
- Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety