One man died after a tunnel of a bauxite mine belonging to French multinational company Imerys in central Greece collapsed on Wednesday.
Three other workers who were trapped inside the tunnel were eventually rescued unharmed.
The accident happened at a tunnel near the central entrance of the mine near the village Variani on the road linking Lamia to Amfissa.
According to initial reports, the accident occurred when, for unknown reasons, a rock became detached and fell on a four-wheel-drive vehicle, about one kilometer from the gallery’s entrance.
The man who was killed was identified as a 45-year-old who was in the vehicle inspecting the tunnel.
Imerys suspends operations in Greece
The mining company has decided to suspend its activities following the accident.
In a press statement, it said that attention is focused on the causes of the accident in full cooperation with the authorities.
“Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased and our priority is to provide them with the maximum possible support during this very difficult time,” an Imerys spokesperson said.
Based in over fifty countries and with 270 industrial sites, Imerys is the world leader in mineral-based specialties for industry, delivering high value-added, functional solutions to a great number of sectors from processing industries to consumer goods and building products.
The Group’s origins were in mining and in metallurgy. Created in April 1880, its core business remained the extraction and processing of nonferrous metals for almost a century.
The 1970s saw the first turning point. A holding company brought the group’s companies together under the name Imetal and then diversified and extended its activity.