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Nozzle kills BHP worker at Roxby mine
A worker at BHP Billiton's Olympic Dam mine in South Australia has died after being struck by a large fibreglass nozzle, safety officials say.

The incident occurred in the acid plant section of the mine complex at 12.30pm (CDT) on Wednesday.

The injured man was taken to the Roxby Downs Medical Centre but died soon after.

SafeWork SA launched an immediate investigation into the workplace death.

"Early indications are that a large fibreglass nozzle struck him after falling from a height," a spokesman said.

"No other workers were injured and all work activity in that area has ceased."

An inspector from SafeWork SA's mines and major hazard facilities team was already on-site on unrelated matters.

He secured the area and began preliminary inquiries.

"He will be joined by two more inspectors from SafeWork SA's investigation team who will attend the site to examine the circumstances of the incident and what safety precautions were in place," the spokesman said.

BHP Billiton said the man's death came during maintenance at the smelter.

It said other employees had been briefed about the incident and were being counselled.

"The immediate priority for Olympic Dam is to assist the family of the employee killed and the rest of our workforce and contractors," the company said.

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