Jan 03, 2019

Trust fund established after mine worker’s death

Trust fund established after mine worker’s death Allan Houston, pictured with daughter Cassie, was killed in an accident at Saraji Mine on Monday night.

BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance has set up a trust fund to assist the family of the Saraji Mine employee killed on Monday night.

Allan Houston, 49, from Gracemere, died when the dozer he was operating rolled about 10pm at the mine near Moranbah.

BMA said today it had established an account for donations to Mr Houston’s family through Miners’ Promise, an independent not-for-profit organisation well-known for its support services to mine workers and their families.

Contributions can be made by anyone including employees, contractors and members of the community.

“BMA will also automatically contribute on a 2:1 basis for any individual contributions made through the fund,” a spokesperson said.

BMA will conduct an internal investigation into Mr Houston’s death and said it was committed to sharing the findings in a thorough and transparent manner.

“Operations have slowly started to recommence on site today (but) the central focus remains on people and ensuring they are in the right frame of mind to safely restart work,” the spokesperson said.

“Our immediate focus is to support Allan’s family and friends, as well as our people that may be affected by this incident.

“Allan was a well-known and popular member of the Saraji and Workpac team.

“We extend our deepest sympathy to Allan’s loving mother, 23-year-old daughter, sister and brother, as well as his friends and colleagues.

“BMA representatives have met with Allan’s family and will continue to provide whatever support possible during this deeply emotional time.”