Fatal incident at Las Bambas

Source: MMG

A contractor has died at MMG’s majority-owned Las Bambas copper mine in Peru.

The employee of contractor, Serpetbol, was fatally injured on December 6 by an ‘uncontrolled release of water under pressure while working in the tailings thickener area of the concentrator plant,’ MMG said in an ASX announcement.

Two other Serpetbol employees were also injured in the incident and are in a stable condition.

MMG chief executive officer Andrew Michelmore said the company would start an immediate investigation into the incident.

“This tragedy is a reminder of why we hold safety as our first value and highest operating priority. Workplace accidents are not acceptable and this is a tragic reminder that we can never be too careful,” Michelmore said.

The Las Bambas mine, which is in the Apurimac region of Peru, is 62.5 per cent owned by MMG.

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