BHP Billiton confirms fatality at Escondida mine

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BHP Billiton confirmed that a worker died on Friday morning at the giant Escondida mine in Chile.

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According to the company, the worker – an employee of the contractor CAINSA – died while performing maintenance on the Line 2 SAG Mill in the Laguna Seca concentrator at Escondida.

“We extend our deepest condolences to his family, colleagues and friends,” BHP Billiton said in a statement on Sunday.

“We do not know the exact cause of death but we commit to a full investigation. We are offering support and counselling services to everyone at Escondida.”

The company has suspended all activities at the mine until further notice.