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Company fined, sorry for Tas mine deaths

AAP logoAAP 13/12/2016 Andrew Drummond

The operator of a Tasmanian copper mine has again apologised to the families of two dead workers after the company was fined more than $200,000 for health and safety failures.

Craig Nigel Gleeson, 45, and Alistair Michael Lucas, 25, died at the Mount Lyell Mine in the state's west in December 2013 after falling from a temporary timber platform.

In Burnie Magistrates Court on Tuesday, Copper Mines Tasmania was fined $225,000 after pleading guilty in August to failing to comply with workplace health and safety obligations.

The men were working on a platform near the base of the mine's main shaft when a linkage assembly fell on the structure, causing it to break.

Company spokesman Peter Walker said there's no amount of money that can make up for the men's lives.

"Nevertheless, on behalf of CMT I again want to offer our sincere apologies to the families of Craig and Alistair," he said in a statement issued following the court proceeding.

"This is an extremely sad incident and our thoughts go out to them. CMT will continue to offer the families every support that we can."

A month after the double fatality a third worker - 53-year-old Michael Welsh - died at the mine during a mudslide, and operations at the site have since been suspended.

Mr Walker said CMT has undertaken a review of its systems and sought advice from global experts to ensure the highest standards are in place should the mine reopen.

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