2 Dec 2013

Worker killed in Freeport's Papua mine

7:26 pm on 2 December 2013

A worker has been killed after an incident at the giant Grasberg copper mine in the Indonesian province of Papua.

Freeport McMoRan says early on Sunday morning a worker was killed and another injured after a rock fell from an ore chure onto a light vehicle in an underground section of the mine.

A union official says operations and production at the world's second-biggest copper mine have not been affected.

It is at least the third deadly incident at the remote complex this year, including a tunnel collapse in May which killed 28 people.

The mine produces about 220,000 tonnes of copper ore a day under normal conditions, but output has been below that level for most of the year after several fatal incidents.