Jaime Eduardo Gutierrez Zapata, 44

Jaime Eduardo Gutierrez Zapata, 44.

As the news media saturates the San Jose mine awaiting the seemingly imminent rescue of 33 miners in Chile, another miner in Chile receives the curt news treatment that so typically corresponds to the “everyday” deaths in the mining sector. Here is the coverage in the Latin American Herald Tribune (so reminiscent, to me, of the almost daily news from China and elsewhere):

SANTIAGO – A worker died at Chuquicamata, the world’s largest open-pit copper mine, when a huge rock fell on him, Chilean state-owned mining giant Codelco said. Jaime Eduardo Gutierrez Zapata, 44, was working in the mine’s Stock 58 sector on Wednesday when the accident occurred, Codelco said. A 10-ton rock fell on the miner while he was engaged in drilling and cracking work. “Codelco Norte wants to reaffirm its permanent commitment to the safety of everyone who works for the company,” the state-owned company said. News of the accident comes as Chileans live through the drama of 33 miners trapped since Aug. 5 at a mine in northern Chile. The effort to rescue the miners is in its final phase, with three drills being used to create a rescue shaft for the men, who are trapped some 700 meters (2,275 feet) underground at the San Jose mine.

Jaime Eduardo Gutierrez Zapata, 44, will not be rescued. Jaime Eduardo Gutierrez Zapata, 44, will not have news cameras hanging on his every word.  Jaime Eduardo Gutierrez Zapata, 44, will never go home again.



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