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20 Jul 2022


Chile: Codelco halts construction of all mining projects after reporting the death of two workers in less than a month


"Chile's Codelco halts mining projects after reporting second worker death", 20 July 2022

...Chile's state-owned Codelco, the world's top copper producer, said...it was temporarily halting construction of all mining projects after reporting the death of two workers in less than a month.

On Monday, the company announced it would keep construction of its Rajo Inca project halted after reporting the death of one worker after a truck driven by a contractor slid off a platform at a dump while the operator was outside of the control cabin. The truck then slid 40 meters (131 feet) down a slope killing the operator. It reported another death at its Chuqui Subterranea project, an expansion of the historical Chuquicamatamining, earlier on Wednesday...

The second death, with a cause still undetermined, comes as Codelco is already under pressure, including from lawmakers who hosted a session of the country's Chamber of Deputies Mining Commission to scrutinize the first incident...

The head of Chilean mining regulator Sernageomin told parliamentarians this week that the security protocols of the vice presidency were not in line with those of the other divisions of the company...