Mt Lyell works suspended amid safety concerns

Works will remain on hold until further notice following another tragic death at the Mt Lyell copper mine in Tasmania earlier this month.

Site owner Copper Mines of Tasmania and underground mining contractor Barminco said there is a lot to be done before they consider returning the operation to production.

CMT general manager Scot Clyde said the local community and employees are voicing concerns after three employees have been killed at the site in six weeks.

 “Nevertheless, we are aware of concerns and rumours circulating among our employees and in the community about the future operation of the mine,” Clyde said.

“We also understand the concern among our employees and their families about the safety of the mine following the two tragic incidents that have taken the lives of three of our workers in such a short time.

“CMT therefore want to reassure our employees and the community that we are committed to operating the mine into the future and will explore every avenue available to us to return to production as soon as practical, provided it can be done safely.”

CMT said it will be employing a number of Australian and international experts to provide advice.

Tasmanian police, the coroner, Worksafe, and joint CMT-Barminco investigations are still ongoing.

Clyde said only essential maintenance and risk assessment work is being conducted on site and a number of employees have elected to take annual leave.

Adding it will be some days or weeks before the company will be in a position to comment on the situation further.

 “We understand it is a very difficult, stressful and worrying time for everyone and will do our utmost to provide some clarity as soon as we are able,” Clyde said.

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