Media Statement - Newmont Tanami Incident

11/24/2016

We can confirm that today, at approximately 9.30am NT time, there was an incident at our Tanami Operations.  The incident resulted from the flushing of chemical reagent lines as part of shutdown preparations.

There were twelve people who reported symptoms of nausea after reporting exposure to sulphurous fumes.  All have received medical attention on site. 

As a precaution, the RFDS transferred 3 of the employees to the Alice Springs Hospital earlier today, and an additional 5 employees have been transferred by a second RFDS aircraft for overnight medical observation. 

The remaining 4 have been allowed to return to full duties by the RFDS doctor.

The RFDS has stated that none of the people affected is in a serious condition.  All employees have been able to contact their families or next of kin. 

We will continue to make the complete recovery of the 8 people our priority and provide necessary support to them and their immediate family.

Newmont would like to thank the Royal Flying Doctor Service for their professional support of our people.

Release ends

24 November 2016

1830hrs WST

Media contacts:

Ken Ramsey, Newmont Asia Pacific:  0408 955602