Wall Collapse at Freeport’s Grasberg Leaves Worker Hospitalized

One worker was hospitalized after a mud wall collapsed during maintenance at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. (FCX)’s Grasberg complex in Indonesia.

The accident happened at the Deep Ore Zone underground mine at about 1 p.m. local time, said Daisy Primayanti, vice president of corporate communications at PT Freeport Indonesia, the local unit. “The condition of the worker is not yet clear,” she said by phone from Jakarta, without providing more information.

The accident follows a tunnel collapse at the same facility on May 14 that killed 28 workers near the Big Gossan mine. Grasberg in Mimika, Papua province, about 3,120 kilometers (1,940 miles) east of Jakarta, includes underground and open-pit operations and is the world’s second-biggest by output, Freeport said in March.

Freeport restarted some operations at Grasberg’s open pit mine on May 28, the company said in a statement. It expects the mine to reach full production capacity of 140,000 metric tons of ore a day in three to four days, Rozik B. Soetjipto, president director at Freeport Indonesia, told reporters on May 29.

Freeport’s workers have refused to resume work until the company suspends officials believed to be responsible for the May 14 accident, Virgo Solossa, head of the Mimika branch of the All Indonesian Workers Union in the Chemical, Energy and Mining Sectors, said yesterday.

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