Trapped worker rescued at Codelco mine

A worker was evacuated without injury after becoming trapped in Andes Norte, part of Codelco’s new El Teniente mine in Chile, following a rock blast at the site, reported Reuters.

Codelco said in a statement that a seismic event was registered on July 21 at the Andes Norte ventilation sublevel. “Some entryways were damaged and one worker was trapped, but later evacuated unharmed,” Codelco said.

The event comes nearly a month after an electrical accident at the same expansion project left one worker dead. These accidents, noted Reuters, come nearly a year after a series of fatal accidents at Codelco mines raised questions about safety at the company.

Andes Norte is scheduled to begin production this year.

Source: Reuters

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