Beaconsfield inquest continues…

The man who found the body of a Beaconsfield miner after the 2006 rockfall has told an inquest of the conditions in the mine after the disaster.

Miner Walter Hvala was working at Beaconsfield when a rockfall killed Larry Knight and trapped two miners for a fortnight.

He has told the inquest via video link from Western Australia that after the rockfall he was asked to dig out the level 925 using a remote-controlled machine.

Miners were taking turns to operate the machine in three hour shifts.

Hvala said he remembered digging one bucket of rubble before the body of Knight was discovered.

He said the body was recovered from a smaller rockfall in front of the spot where two other miners were trapped.

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