Chile’s state-owned Codelco, the world’s largest copper producer, said Thursday a worker had died in an accident at its Radomiro Tomic mine in northern Chile while performing maintenance work.
The incident occurred late Wednesday as the 33-year-old operator worked in an extraction truck.
“Work in the accident sector was immediately suspended, and we informed the authorities of the situation,” the firm said in a statement.
The accident comes as Codelco operates with limited staff amid the fast-spreading coronavirus pandemic in Chile.
Reporting by Fabian Cambero; Writing by Dave Sherwood