Qld: Work resumes at Xstrata mine after worker death

Work has resumed at Xstrata Zinc's George Fisher mine, in Mt Isa in north west Queensland, following the death of a worker on Tuesday.

The Department of Mines and Energy has given approval for underground mining operations to resume, according to Xstrata Zinc Mount Isa Executive General Manager Kevin Hendry.

The first crews returned to work this morning, he said.

"The safety of our employees remains our number one priority," Hendry said.

"Xstrata Zinc is continuing to work closely with regulatory authorities to investigate the cause of this tragic accident."

The 50-year-old was operating heavy machinery in the mine when the incident occurred.

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