New worker death at US-owned mine in Indonesia

A worker was killed at Freeport-McMoRan's Grasberg mining complex on Saturday, the company said on Monday, July 27, 2015.
A worker was killed at Freeport-McMoRan's Grasberg mining complex on Saturday, the company said on Monday, July 27, 2015. PHOTO: JOHN MCBETH

JAKARTA (AFP) - A worker has been killed in an accident at a United States-owned gold and copper mine in remote eastern Indonesia, the company said Monday, the latest death at the trouble-plagued site.

The accident at Freeport-McMoRan's Grasberg mine, high in the mountains of Papua province, happened on Saturday in a mining area, said Riza Pratama, spokesman for the company's Indonesia unit.

The victim suffered severe injuries and died on the spot, he added. The spokesman did not give further details but Tempo news website reported that the employee died after falling onto a conveyor belt.

Grasberg, one of the world's biggest gold and copper mines, has been plagued by accidents and production problems in recent years.

In January, three security personnel who had been patrolling the mine were found dead with bullet and machete wounds.

In May 2013, a training tunnel collapsed, killing 28 miners as they took part in a safety course, in one of Indonesia's worst-ever mining accidents.