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‘Thorough investigation’ as close-knit community mourns miners

The death of two Queensland miners will be the subject of a major investigation after their ute fell down a void 125 metres under the ground.

Dylan Langridge, 33, and Trevor Davis, 36, were working in MMG’s Dugald River zinc mine near Cloncurry when their ute fell part way down the 25 metre void about 9am on Wednesday.

The bodies of trapped miners Dylan Langridge and Trevor Davis were  located on Thursday.

Another worker was also involved in the incident when the drill rig he was operating fell about 15 metres.

He was rescued but for the two other men it was fatal.

A search and rescue effort conducted overnight Wednesday was able to locate and extract the vehicle, however, the two had suffered fatal injuries,” MMG said in a statement on Thursday.

Queensland Resources Minister Scott Stewart said he expects a thorough investigation into the deaths.

“The loss of a life in any workplace at any time is not acceptable. Families should be able to expect that when their loved ones depart for work that they return safely,” he said in a statement on Thursday.

“Investigators from Resources Safety and Health Queensland are already on site.”

The men were employees of Barminco, an underground mining services company.

In a statement on Thursday, Barminco owner Perenti’s CEO Mark Norwell said the outcome was devastating.

“Our primary focus is that of support for the families and colleagues of Trevor and Dylan and in parallel completing a comprehensive investigation,” he said.

MMG CEO Liangang Li said safety is the first value at the company.
“We now need to come together to support everyone who has been impacted and understand the cause of this incident, so that it cannot happen again,” he said.

Operations at the mine remain suspended.

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