Two workers have been killed in an incident at the Mount Lyell Copper Mine at Queenstown, Tasmania, on the morning of Monday 9 December 2013. The men, who have been identified as Craig Gleeson (45) and Alistair Lucas (25), died after falling over 20 m down a shaft during maintenance work, though the precise cause of the accident has not yet been given, pending an investigation.
The Mount Lyell Copper Mine. ABC.
The Mount Lyell Copper Mine is operated by Copper Mines of Tasmania, a subsidiary of the Indian company Vedanta. It is generally considered to have a good safety record, though it was the site of the 1912 North Mount Lyell Disaster in which 43 miners were killed in an underground fire.
The approximate location of the Mount Lyell Copper Mine. Google Maps.
See also Worker killed at Western Australia ore mine, Mining company fined for desecrating sacred site in Australia's Northern Territory, Acid spill from gold mine adds to Edith River's woes and Copper spill causes pollution alert on the Edith River in the Northern Territory, Australia.
Follow Sciency Thoughts on Facebook.