Chililabombwe, Zambia — 18 April 2013 – EIGHTY-FIVE miners at Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) were gassed underground at the Konkola Deep mining project yesterday when a dumper truck caught fire.
allAfrica.com reports that the miners suffered severe inhalation problems and were rushed to the hospital. 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 confirmed the incident, which happened in the early hours of yesterday, in separate interviews.
Sata said the 85 miners had been gassed after a dumper truck had caught fire while in the workshop at shaft number three.
“Because the dumper truck caught fire while in a workshop which had oil, it made the miners inhale some fumes, so they had to be taken to the Konkola mine hospital for medical observation,” she said.
Sata confirmed, however, that the affected miners were all out of danger and that most of them had since been discharged, while others were still in hospital.
Those affected included full-time KCM workers and contracted employees.
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