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First Quantum reports fatality at its Trident operation in Zambia

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(Kitco News) - First Quantum Minerals announced today that a worker at its Trident operation in Zambia passed away following a traffic accident in the Sentinel open pit, involving a dump truck and a light vehicle.

The company said that the site emergency response team attended immediately, adding that one other person was severely injured and medically evacuated.

"Trident has advised the relevant local authorities and will assist the Mine Safety Department in their investigations. An internal investigation into the accident is already underway. Operations in the pit have been temporarily suspended until deemed that operations can resume safely," the company stated.

"I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to the family of our colleague. We are committed to providing all necessary support for both our employees' families and colleagues during this difficult time. This is a tragic incident which we are profoundly saddened by," said CEO Tristan Pascall. "The safety and health of our workforce is our top priority and we are committed to improve our practices from this incident."

First Quantum is a global copper company operating mines in several countries. The company also produces nickel. As part of its processing operations, the company realizes value from a range of other metals - gold, zinc and cobalt.

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