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Racecourse deaths investigation continues

AAP logoAAP 16/11/2016

Investigations are continuing into the deaths of two construction workers crushed to death by a concrete slab at a Brisbane racecourse.

Ashley Morris, 34, and Humberto Leite, 55, were killed after becoming sandwiched between two slabs at Eagle Farm Racecourse on October 6.

Their boss, Claudio D'Alessandro, faced the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday charged with their manslaughter.

The court heard details of how Mr Morris had texted D'Alessandro before the incident, flagging concerns that the panels didn't properly fit on their bases in the pit.

D'Alessandro was arrested at Brisbane Airport this week trying to board a flight out of Australia, allegedly to go on a four-day holiday to the Philippines.

Defence lawyer Michael Purcell said D'Alessandro had co-operated with the investigation; the allegation was of negligence, not criminal activity; and he wasn't barred from leaving the country when he tried to fly to the Philippines.

Magistrate Anthony Gett did not consider him a flight risk and granted him bail.

The case returns to court on December 12, while police as well as Workplace Health and Safety investigations continue.

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