Hochschild Mining (HOCM.L) said on Friday that 27 workers were killed and 13 injured in a traffic accident involving a bus operated by one of the contractors of one of the precious metals miners in Peru, APA reports quoting Reuters.
The London-listed miner said the bus transported workers from Hochschild’s Pallancata operation to the city of Arequipa in southern Peru. 13 more people were injured in the incident.
“This news has devastated us all and we have already launched a thorough investigation,” said Chief Executive Officer Ignacio Bustamante.
According to the miner’s annual report, a worker died at Hochschild’s Pallancata mine after rocks fell last year, but no deaths were recorded in 2019.
Security issues are a major concern among miners, who are under increasing pressure from investors and governments to reduce the death toll in and around operations.
According to a report published earlier this month, members of the International Council for Mining and Metals (ICMM) recorded 44 deaths in 2020 compared to 287 in 2019, where 270 people died in the collapse of a mining dam in Brazil.