Queensland Racecourse Deaths: Concrete Slab Kills 2, Police Investigates

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Police have already started interrogating workers who witnessed the two Queensland racecourse deaths that occurred due to a concrete slab on Thursday.

The men aged 34 and 55 were engaged in the construction work at Eagle Farm Racecourse when the workplace accident occurred. Both of them were reportedly working inside a pit when a nine-ton concrete slab fell on them and crushed them while they were moving it using a crane.

According to the paramedic services, the men died instantly regardless of the efforts put in by co-workers to get the slab off them. The major work at the construction site will remain suspended on Friday following the accident. Five of the witnesses have given their statement to safety officials at the workplace regarding what they saw.

The Forensic Crash Unit of the law enforcement department is assisting the investigators and are expected to gather at the scene on Friday morning. Reports have suggested that seven ambulance crews and four fire trucks reached the spot after the accident.

After several efforts, workers were able to get the slab off the men’s bodies. “We sent one of our staff down into where the two workers were to see if we could render any aid, but unfortunately, they were both unable to be revived,” Queensland Ambulance Service’s Glen Morrison said.

The workers were assigned the task of constructing world-class facilities in the racecourse along with new stables in the center of the track. This came following the $37 million redevelopment program scheduled for the Queensland racecourse.

Meanwhile, Racing Minister Grace Grace showed her disappointment at the death of the workers and said that she expected a complete report on the matter soon. “Whilst the exact circumstances are unclear, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is on site and a thorough investigation has commenced,” she said as quoted by The Brisbane Times. “I expect to receive a full report into this matter as soon as possible.”

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