Three workers trapped after mine shaft accident in Spain

A landslide has led to the deaths of three workers at a mine in Catalonia, the region’s government has confirmed

The accident occurred at the Cabanasses de Súria mine, in Bages. Police in Catalonia were informed of the situation this morning. 

The workers were stuck at a depth of 900 metres. Rescue efforts were launched by emergency services, but it has now been confirmed that the workers have died.

Catalonia’s Councillor of the Interior, Joan Ignasi Elena, is travelling to the mining facility alongside Councillor for Enterprise and Work, Roger Torrent.

The facility, owned by ICL Iberia Súria & Sallent, is a Potash mine.

Potash is used as a fertiliser and as a raw material in the pharmaceutical, explosives, glassmaking and chemicals industries.

A similar incident in 2013 led to the deaths of two workers at the same mining facility. The two operators were with colleagues on a night shift when a slab from above fell on top of them.

More recently, two incidents in the space of a few weeks in June 2020 also saw two miners die at one of the company’s mines.

After the second death, the company announced that it was closing this mine.

ICL has two mines in Bages, one in Súria, and one in Vilafruns. The company group was formed as a result of the unification of two brands belonging to the company.

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