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NT mine accident,13 exposed to toxic gas

AAP logoAAP 24/11/2016 Lucy Hughes Jones

Twelve people have been exposed to toxic fumes after a chemical accident at a mine in the Northern Territory.

It occurred about 9.30am on Thursday at the Granites gold mine, located in the Tanami Desert 540 kilometres northwest of Alice Springs.

"The incident resulted from the flushing of chemical reagent lines as part of shutdown preparations," Newmont Mining said in a statement.

Twelve workers were affected by sulphur dioxide gas and have been flown to Alice Springs Hospital for assessment.

Some of the employees had sore throats, nausea and chest tightness and one was given an IV drip while being treated on site by a medic.

"Initial indications are that the affected employees are recovering well from their symptoms but will continue to be closely monitored," Newmont Mining said.

"The workplace has returned to normal.The incident has been reported to regulatory authorities and will be fully investigated."

Sulfur dioxide is a colourless gas with a sharp, irritating odour that affects the respiratory system.

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