Double mining fatality investigation continues

Investigations into the death of two miners at Vedanta’s Tasmanian copper mine will focus on the types of safety gear the men were equipped with.

Union representatives, police and safety inspectors remain onsite at Mount Lyell mine today, where Craig Gleeson, 45, and Alistair Lucas, 25, were killed after falling more than 20 metres down the main mine shaft on Monday.

According to the ABC officials will be focussing efforts on determining what went wrong, including whether the two men were wearing safety harnesses.

One man was brought to the surface but died on route to hospital.

The other man died at the scene.

Monday’s accident has sent shockwaves through the remote Tasmanian mining community of Queenstown.

Just last year the town commemorated the 100th anniversary of the North Mount Lyell mine disaster which killed 42 workers.

The deaths are the first in the state since the Beaconsfield disaster which killed miner Larry Knight and trapped Brant Webb and Todd Russell on Anzac Day in 2006.

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