Collapse at Freeport Grasberg

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From The Australian:

Two workers were killed and 31 others were trapped underground after a tunnel caved in at a gold and copper mine in remote eastern Indonesia, its US operator said.

The accident happened at Freeport-McMoRan’s huge Grasberg mine, and was the latest in a string of problems at the operation including a major 2011 strike that crippled production.

“Rescuers at the scene have reported that they have rescued four workers and found two bodies,” Freeport Indonesia, the local subsidiary of the mining giant, said in a statement.

“We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased,” said Freeport Indonesia president Rozik B. Soetjipto.

Thirty-seven workers were initially believed to have been trapped in the underground training facility when part of a tunnel collapsed, the company said.

A total of 40 Freeport employees and contract workers were in a classroom at the facility when the accident happened at 7.30am on Tuesday, but three managed to escape immediately.

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