Mount Lyell copper mine halted indefinitely during probe into workers death

Mount Lyell copper mine halted indefinitely during probe into workers death

Western end of Mount Lyell – with signs of mining operations on the southwestern flank. Image from WikiMedia Commons.

Mining has been suspended indefinitely at Copper Mines of Tasmania’s Mount Lyell mine on the Australia's state island 's west coast while authorities investigate Monday's incidents that cost the life of two workers.

Craig Gleeson, 45 and Alastair Lucas, 25, died after falling 35 metres from a maintenance platform in the mine's main shaft.

Copper Mines of Tasmania, a subsidiary of Indian company Vedanta (LON: VED), says police have instructed them to not discuss the specifics of the accident. However, ABC News reports that determining whether the men were wearing safety harnesses is a significant part of the investigation.

The probe could take several months to complete.

Mt Lyell operations are carried out at 1000 m. The mine production is about 2.7 million tonnes per annum of copper ore at 1.25% copper grade.