A 25-year-old New Zealand man has been killed in a mining accident in northern Queensland.

Police say the man was struck by a pole while working near a Mount Isa copper smelter owned by Xstrata on Wednesday morning.

Media are reporting that his name is Jordan Taurima of Cambridge in the North Island.

He was working as a contractor for Incitec Pivot at the time.

A joint statement from the Xstrata and Incitec Pivot says counselling has been arranged for those who witnessed the accident.

Police and other agencies are investigating.

 

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