A man died at the Pilgangoora Lithium-Tantalum Project site in the Pilbara region, Western Australia, on Monday, November 11. The death was not related to mining, but involved two contract employees. According to the Western Australia Police Force, a man in his 40s was killed and another man in his 30s has been arrested.

According to 9 News in Sydney, 30-year-old FIFO worker, Troy Adam Hausler, is accused of murdering 40-year-old Toby Richter following an altercation at Pilbara Minerals’ mine site, about 120 km south of Port Hedland.

The Pilgangoora Lithium-Tantalum project is located 120 km south of Port Hedland. (Photo: Pilbara Minerals) 

The Western Australia Police Force is investigating the alleged murder.

Pilbara Minerals temporarily suspended operations following the incident to facilitate with the investigation, but they have since resumed.

Pilbara Managing Director Ken Brinsden said, “I am extremely shocked and saddened by what has occurred today. At this difficult time, our focus is on ensuring that our people are cared for and supported, while we continue to support the police investigation that is currently under way. On behalf of Pilbara Minerals, I would like to express our sincere condolences to the affected people and their families.”

Pilbara Minerals said it will continue to provide full support to the Western Australia Police Force as their investigation progresses and is unable to provide any further comment.