operations were suspended for a second day at PT Freeport
Indonesias Grasberg copper and gold mine as the company
confirmed the death of five workers in a tunnel collapse the
A total of 39 workers were
trapped under the debris after the tunnel in an underground
training facility collapsed. So far, 11 people have been
rescued and another 23 miners are still unaccounted for, PT
Freeport Indonesia said May 15. All the rescued workers are in
stable condition, the company said.
"Rescuers have been working
around the clock for two days now and they continue to strive
to reach the rest of our trapped colleagues in the shortest
time possible," PT Freeport Indonesia president director Rozik
B. Soetjipto said in a statement.
Soetjipto visited the site May
15 along with Thamrin Sihite, Indonesias director-general
of mines and energy, the company said.
The company, a subsidiary of
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., has flown in four
psychologists trained in trauma counseling, according to the
PT Freeport Indonesia called the
work stoppage a "temporary suspension" during the rescue and
recovery period. Wage negotiation talks with workers have also
been put on hold, the company said.
Grasberg is one of the
worlds largest copper-gold mines. It employs over 24,000
A version of this article was first
published by AMM sister publication Metal