Ndola, Zambia — MININGREVIEW.COM — 12 April 2008 – Nine workers have sustained serious burns in an explosion at the Nkana smelter of the Konkola copper mine in the Zambian town of Kitwe.
Reporting the accident during the weekend, allAfrica.com quoted The Times of Zambia as saying that six of the nine injured mineworkers had been admitted to the Wusakile mine hospital.
One of them is reported to be in critical condition.
Zambian Mineworkers Union general secretary Oswell Munyenyembe said the accident happened at a place known as Mark Truck number two. He explained that after a spillage, copper on the surface remained dry and the workers had continued drilling. They did not realise that there was some hot molten metal underneath, which exploded upon contact.
A full investigation into the incident is being carried out.