Two men were under a concrete slab when it fell on them. Image: ABC News
Two men were under a concrete slab when it fell on them. Image: ABC News

Two killed after concrete slab falls on them at racecourse

TWO men, both believed to be aged in their 20s,  have died after a concrete slab being moved by a crane fell onto them, at Eagle Farm Racecourse in north Brisbane. 

Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman Glen Morrison told ABC a concrete wall in a construction pit collapsed onto the men about 4pm on Thursday.

"It looks like they were undertaking some large construction work involving some large cement slabs," he said.

"As a result of one of the slabs being moved, it's crushed the two gentlemen who were down in a hole at the time."

Mr Morrison said the slab was removed from on top of the men before paramedics arrived.

A spokeswoman from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service said four fire trucks were dispatched to the scene after the call came in about 4pm. 

When they arrived they found a concrete panel had collapsed and two people were trapped underneath it. 

Seven ambulances were also sent to the racecourse.

The men were working on new stables that are being constructed in the centre of the track, part of at $37 million 'world-class' redevelopment of the Eagle Farm Racecourse.

The facility will provide 400 stables as well as training and husbandry facilities.

Industrial Relations and Racing Minister Grace Grace said she was saddened to hear of the tragic accident, the ABC reported.

"My heart goes out to the family and friends of those who have tragically lost their lives," she said.

"I want to express my deepest sympathies to everyone concerned.

"Whilst the exact circumstances are unclear, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is on site and a thorough investigation has commenced.

"I expect to receive a full report into this matter as soon as possible."