The worse mining accident in Indonesia’s history occurred in late May 2013 when an underground trench in a copper and gold mine collapsed, killing 28, and injuring 10 more. The mine is run by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, Inc.
The 38 workers were underground in the trench when the roof collapsed.
Four senior employees who were thought to be responsible for safety lapses that led to the collapse were fired.
After the accident, the mine was temporarily closed. In June, open-pit mining and milling resumed, and in July, underground mining has resumed as well.
Freeport-McMoRan has utilized the open-pit mining and milling aspect of this massive mine to make huge profits, but only recently began using the underground mines that it has spent $600 million creating. This horrific accident has led to serious safety concerns and evaluations.
Mining is one of the most dangerous industries, not just in the United States, but worldwide. If you or a loved one have been injured in a mining accident, you are entitled to compensation. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be able to recover the compensation you need to provide you with the medical care you need. Contact our attorneys for a free consultation today.