Mopani suspends operations at Mindolo shaft
By Staff Reporter
Mopani Copper Mines has suspended operations at Mindolo North Shaft in Kitwe following the death of three miners at an underground loader.
In a statement, Mopani Copper Mines Public Relations Manager Nerbet Mulenga stated that three miners died after an underground loader caught fire at Mindola North Shaft in Kitwe.
“The accident happened yesterday, February 7, 2019 at 13:45 hours and operations at Mindola shaft had been suspended for now,” he said.
“It is with deep regret that Mopani Copper Mines Plc confirms an incident of a fatal underground fire at Mindolo North Shaft in Kitwe on Thursday, 7 February, 2019 at 13:45 hours. Tragically, the lives of three employees were lost after a loader caught fire. Mopani Copper Mines Plc is working closely with the Mine Safety Department and other relevant authorities to inform the next of kin of the deceased employees and to investigate this tragic accident. All operations at Mindolo North have been suspended until further notice,” stated Mulenga.
“Mopani Copper Mines Plc management expresses its deepest condolences to the families of the three employees and their colleagues and will be providing them with the necessary support during this difficult time. Further updates will be communicated as appropriate.”