Two men have been killed in a mine shaft accident at Vedanta Resource’s Tasmanian copper mine earlier this morning.
The men, aged 25 and 45 died after a workplace accident at the Mount Lyell copper mine just before 9am today.
Vedanta subsidiary Copper Mines of Tasmania operates the site.
General Manager Scot Clyde said that it was with extreme regret that he confirmed two employees, members of the mine shaft maintenance crew, died from injuries following a fall in the shaft.
“Our deepest sympathies are with the families of the two workers, their immediate work mates and also our other site employees who will be saddened by this tragic accident,” Clyde said.
Mt Lyell mines rescue and rescue teams from Renison and Rosebery attended the incident.
One of the bodies has been taken to Queenstown’s West Coast District Hospital, the other remains on site.
Tasmania Police, ambulances and Workplace Standards’ mines inspectors are currently on the scene.
An investigation into the cause of the accident is currently underway.
The employees’ families have been notified by CMT and Tasmania Police.
“We are offering support and counselling to the families and all of our people,” Clyde said.
All operations were today suspended but a spokesperson told Australian Mining production will restart on day shift tomorrow.
Condolences to the family, friends and work colleagues of the two men who died today in the Mt Lyell Mine in Queenstown. Such a tragedy.
— Lara Giddings (@LaraGiddings) December 9, 2013
More to come.