17 April 2013

Zambia: 85 Konkola Copper Mines Miners Gassed

EIGHTY-FIVE miners at Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) in Chililabombwe were yesterday gassed underground when a dumper truck caught fire.

The miners were choked at Konkola Deep Mining Project (KDMP) and were rushed to the hospital where they were admitted.

The truck caught fire in the underground workshop which was stocked with a range of lubricants at shaft number three.

Mineworkers Union of Zambia (MUZ) general secretary Joseph Chewe and KCM spokesperson Joy Sata, in separate interviews, confirmed the incident which happened in the early hours of yesterday.

Ms Sata said 85 miners were gassed after a dumper truck caught fire while in the workshop at shaft number three.

She said the affected miners were evacuated and rushed to Konkola Mine Hospital.

"Because the dumper truck caught fire whilst in a workshop which had oil, it made the miners inhale some fumes and so they had to be taken to hospital for medical observation," she said.

Ms Sata, however, said the affected miners were all out of danger and that most of them had since been discharged while others were still admitted to the hospital.

She said the gassed miners included full-time KCM workers and contracted employees.

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