The worker who fell to his death at an iron ore mine site in WA’s north on Thursday has been identified as 25-year-old David Armstrong.
Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) confirmed the man died at their Solomon Hub operations in the Pilbara.
Armstrong was part of Solomon’s 300-strong drill and blast crew.
The investigation is still in its early stages but FMG has confirmed the ground collapsed beneath the worker before the fatal fall.
Work was suspended immediately across the site as an investigation got underway.
Friends and colleagues have paid tribute to the man on social media.
“Words can’t describe the loss everyone is sharing right now, you were honestly the most amazing and kindest person,” Tameka Kenny wrote.
“You are such a genuine down to earth wonderful and caring person,” Bonnie Spence wrote, adding she would miss his “cheeky laugh.”
“I love how you made everyone smile.”
A colleague described Armstrong as “one of the happiest blokes” he had ever met.
“Our line of work is definitely dangerous and it never really crosses my mind about what can really go wrong,” Cheyene Ninyette said.
“You didn’t deserve this bruz (sic).”
“Lots of good memories working and having laughs with you,” workmate Matt Hibben wrote.
“Thanks for the good times my brother.”
Work is expected to be halted on the site again on Friday as officials continue their investigation.