Miner dies after explosive accidently went off, blowing his head off
A THIRTY-ONE-YEAR old miner of Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) in Mufulira has died after an explosive exploded on him, blowing off his head in an underground mine accident.
Acting Copperbelt Police chief Joyce Kasosa confirmed the incident in an interview yesterday.
Ms Kasosa identified the deceased as Worby Chichalwa 31, of house number 379/F Kankoyo Township in Mufulira who died on Monday following an explosive accident at MCM’s Mufulira Division.
She said the accident happened around 15:00 hours at 1, 062 metres deep underground where the deceased was blasting the ground using explosives.
“One of the explosives he was trying to ignite accidently exploded on his body blowing his head in the process,” she said.
Ms Kasosa said Mr Chichalwa, apart from his head being blown off had his right hand cut off by the explosive.
Ms Kasosa said the body of the deceased was taken to Malcom Hospital mortuary in Mufulira.
MCM’s public relations manager Cephas Sinyangwe insisted for a press query when contacted for a comment.