The deaths of Trevor Davis and Dylan Langridge, who were both miners, have shocked their colleagues and friends.
They were found at the bottom of a mine in Queensland, Australia, on Thursday. The two men had been trapped underground for over 30 hours after a 30-ton drill rig fell into a pit.
Mark Norwell, the chief executive officer of Perenti Mining, said that the incident was a devastating loss.
He offered his condolences to the families of the victims. The bodies of the two men were recovered after a massive search and rescue operation was carried out.
The incident is being investigated by the Queensland Police. The Minerals Council, which represents the mining industry in Australia, released a statement to express its sorrow.
The organization noted that the safety and well-being of its members are its top priority.
The mining industry is committed to ensuring that its employees are treated with dignity and respect.
It requires continuous monitoring to prevent injuries and fatalities.
Langridge started working for Perenti Mining in March 2020. He then joined the company’s service crew at the Dugald River mine in October 2021.
Davis, who was 36 years old at the time of his death, joined the company in August 2020.
He then transferred to the Dugald River Mine. Barmino, who has been working at the mine since 2012, was also employed by Perenti Mining.
Norwell said that the incident had a lasting effect on the people of Mount Isa, Cloncurry, and Dugald River.
The company takes its employees’ safety very seriously, and Norwell noted that the investigation will look into the cause of the accident and possible solutions to prevent it from happening again.
He said that the company would work with the authorities and the mining industry to improve the safety of its workers.
The company also thanked the individuals who helped in the recovery of the two men.
On Wednesday, a worker fell into the pit while the drill rig was being operated. He was able to escape and was taken to a hospital for treatment.
Member of Parliament Robbie Katter referred to the incident as the worst nightmare that a mining company could face.
Located in the central Queensland region, the Dugald River mine produces zinc concentrate. It also processes silver and lead.
The mine employs about 500 individuals on a fly-in, fly-out, and local residential basis.