SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): Codelco- the Chilean state-owned miner announced that it has decided to put construction works at Rajo Inca project on hold. This follows the unfortunate incident earlier this month which killed a truck operator. The construction has been stopped since last Sunday.
The details of the accident were revealed during a session of the Chamber of Deputies Mining Commission. It confirmed that the truck driven by a contractor had slid off a platform, while the operator was outside of the control cabin. The truck slid almost 40 metres down a slope, killing the operator.
Announcing the decision, Maximo Pacheco, Codelco board president said that the company has not been operating the pit since Sunday and that it is redefining the conditions under which it could implement a possible restart of operations at the earliest. Apart from investigations by government authorities, the company has constituted an internal commission to look into the incident.
It must be noted that the regulators had cited several issues in connection with parking yards and access control mechanisms. They also alleged lack of accredited training and poor maintenance, in violation to recommended standards.
The Rajo Inca project aims to extend the life of the small Salvador Division.
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