Canadian-headquartered miner Lithium Americas has reported two separate fatal accidents at its Caucharí-Olaroz lithium project in Jujuy, Argentina on 23 October.
The company, which did not identify the names or job titles of those involved, said the incidents occurred at the work camp and appear to be unrelated to one another. Additionally, neither were connected to the ongoing development activities at the site.
President and CEO Jonathan Evans said an investigation into the cause is under way and authorities were notified.
“It is with deep sadness that we report the tragic loss of two contractors and colleagues at Caucharí-Olaroz. Our thoughts are with their families and friends and our team in Argentina at this difficult time. The health and safety of our employees and contractors remains our highest priority,” he added.
Lithium Americas is now working alongside its mine team to ensure everyone impacted has the support they need, including access to grief counseling services.
Caucharí-Olaroz, which is 44% owned by Lithium Americas (46.7% Ganfeng Lithium and 8.5% JEMSE), has a project life of 40 years. Annual production capacity is 40,000 t.
Source: Lithium Americas