Freeport to resume operations at Indonesian mine after fatal accident

13 October 2014 (Last Updated October 13th, 2014 18:30)

Freeport-McMoRan has received approval from the Indonesian Government to resume operations at its Grasberg mine in Indonesia, where four workers died in a vehicle collision on 27 September.

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Freeport-McMoRan has received approval from the Indonesian Government to resume operations at its Grasberg mine in Indonesia, where four workers died in a vehicle collision on 27 September.

The Indonesian Government gave consent only after the company agreed to improve safety policies at the mine, including undertaking four key safety improvements, reported Reuters.

Senior mines ministry official Bambang Susigit told the news agency that: "We have agreed Freeport can resume operations at Grasberg."

"This was the second time that Freeport-McMoRan had to halt work at the Grasberg mine due to fatalities." 

The collision occurred between a vehicle carrying workers and a haulage truck, and an additional five mine workers were injured.

Following the accident, hundreds of protestors blocked the access to the mine forcing the company to temporary halt work at the site in early October.

This was the second time that Freeport-McMoRan had to halt work at the Grasberg mine due to fatalities. In May last year, the Indonesian Government had ordered the company to cease operations at the mine after 28 workers were killed in an underground tunnel collapse.

In early September, another mine worker was killed when a boulder fell on him.

In 2013, the Grasberg mine produced 885 million pounds of copper and 1.1 million ounces of gold.


Image: View of the Grasberg open pit mine in Indonesia. Photo: courtesy of Alfindra Primaldhi.

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