Three workers die on ship at Oita smelter [Japan]

Author: The Japan Times, Published on: 15 June 2009

Three workers who died Saturday after collapsing inside an ore carrier vessel docked at a smelter in Oita…suffocated due to lack of oxygen…The Oita prefectural police made the announcement after inspectors…began an on-site examination of the ship at the facility of Nikko Seiren [part of Pan Pacific Copper]...The three, all employees of a Nikko Seiren subsidiary, lost consciousness and collapsed…as they entered the ship's hold that contained about 5,900 tons of copper concentrate…

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Related companies: Nikko Seiren (part of Pan Pacific Copper) Pan Pacific Copper (joint venture Nippon Mining & Metals & Mitsui Mining & Smelting)