Geotechnical failure at Katanga Mining Limited – Update 4
17 March 2016
Glencore notes the update made by Katanga Mining Limited (KML) earlier today. The search for the seven colleagues missing since the geotechnical failure has been underway for 10 days. All available resources have been allocated to the search and rescue effort. To date, three bodies have been located, one of which is still to be positively identified.
It is with deep sadness that Glencore must now assume that any individual who was in KOV open pit at the time of the incident will not have survived. The activities in KOV open pit will now be focused on the recovery phase of the operation as weather and ground conditions allow.
Both Glencore and KML express their sincere condolences to the family, colleagues and friends of the individuals who have died as a result of this tragic incident. All appropriate support will be provided.
KML continues to work closely with the relevant authorities. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the geotechnical failure and further updates will be made as appropriate.
Ivan Glasenberg, Glencore CEO, commented: “On behalf of the board, we offer our deepest condolences to the families of the deceased individuals and our sincere thanks to the search and rescue team who have worked tirelessly over the past 10 days. We must reiterate that any loss of life at our operations is unacceptable and we will continue to work relentlessly to improve health and safety across the Group.”
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