SANTIAGO, April 18 A supervisor at the Salvador
copper mine owned by Chile's Codelco died in an
accident on Tuesday, causing the state-owned company to suspend
operations at its concentrator plant there.
Codelco is investigating the accident, it said. The death
occurred in the flotation plant area of the concentrator, which
helps turn the ore that is extracted from the earth into purer
"Given the nature of the situation, the Salvador Division
suspended all operations immediately at the concentrator plant
and initiated the established procedures," Codelco said in a
Salvador produced 60,000 tonnes of copper in 2016, making it
the smallest of Codelco's copper mines. Codelco did not give a
timeline for when the concentrator would restart operations.
(Reporting by Antonio de la Jara; Writing by Gram Slattery;
Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)