A man who suffered serious burns in a suspected arc flash incident at the Central Norseman gold mine in Australia was reported in a stable condition at a Perth hospital.

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety confirmed it was investigating the incident. DMIRS mines safety director Andrew Chaplyn said the electrical worker suffered serious burns to his face and hands following the incident.

The electrical worker was taken to Kalgoorlie Hospital before being flown by the Royal Flying Doctor Service to Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth.

Central Norseman Gold Corporation could not be located for comment.

The Central Norseman gold mine has been on care and maintenance since mid-2014, when it was mothballed after 79 years of continuous operation.

Three workers have died this decade while working at Central Norseman.

The most recent was 60-year-old boilermaker Lindsay Bridges in an accident on July 26, 2016.

A report by the then-Department of Mines and Petroleum report into Mr Bridges’ death found a gantry bridge which collapsed and crushed him had corroded and was no longer self-supporting.

Source: https://thewest.com.au