‘Much loved’ Outback Opal Hunters television star Ronald ‘Ron’ Selig dead after freak workplace accident last year

‘Much loved’ Outback Opal Hunters television star Ronald ‘Ron’ Selig dead after freak workplace accident last year

Outback Opal Hunters regular Ronald “Ron” Selig, who was killed in a workplace accident, is being remembered as a caring and fun-loving man.

The 66-year-old died after falling from a rooftop of a workshop at a Queensland industrial site on November 26 last year.

Resources Safety & Health Queensland said “the incident is still under investigation” at the time.

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“It is understood the worker accessed the roof of the workshop to make repairs following damage caused by a severe weather event when a structural member failed, causing the worker to fall approximately 5.8m to ground,” it said.

In a recent social media post Outback Opal Hunters said the “much-loved” Selig will be fondly remembered, confirming the death.

“We are saddened to inform that Ron Selig has passed away,” the statement said.

“Ron was a much-loved member of the Outback Opal Hunters family. A great character and amazing opal hunter, always chasing that colour.

“We will always fondly remember Ron.”

Mr Selig’s daughter Mel, using her father’s Facebook account, thanked the show and its fans for the outpouring of support.

“We thank you all so very much for your loving kindness and condolences,” she said.

“The loss of our father, Ron, has been the most challenging time for me and our whole family.

“Ron was the most amazing, sensational son, father, grandfather and friend to all.

“Dad was a kind, caring and a fun-loving man, who always would come out with the funniest jokes! Ron was an easy going guy too!”

He appeared across a number of seasons on the Channel Seven show, mining in the Opalton area of Queensland.

A funeral was held on December 20 on the Sunshine Coast.

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