Ivanhoe Mines reports fatality at Kamoa-Kakula
According to the company’s statement, the accident occurred underground at the Kakula mine when a contractor's employee was hit in the leg by a loose rock while he was working at one of the mine's working faces, which caused the employee to fall backwards, striking his head on a rock. Despite immediate first-aid assistance by his colleagues, he passed away at the accident scene.
Ivanhoe said that as well as investigating the accident internally, the Kamoa-Kakula senior management team and the contractor's management team are working with the DRC authorities to facilitate their investigation of the accident.
The Kamoa-Kakula copper project is a joint venture between Ivanhoe Mines (39.6%), Zijin Mining Group (39.6%), Crystal River Global Limited (0.8%) and the DRC government (20%).
Ivanhoe Mines is a Canadian mining company focused on advancing its three principal joint-venture projects in Southern Africa: the development of major new, mechanized, underground mines at the Kamoa-Kakula copper discoveries in the DRC and at the Platreef palladium-rhodium-platinum-nickel-copper-gold discovery in South Africa; and the extensive redevelopment and upgrading of the historic Kipushi zinc-copper-germanium-silver mine, also in the DRC.