A MINER at Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) in Mufulira yesterday died on the spot and four others sustained serious injuries following a heavy rock fall in an underground accident.
Mufulira district commissioner, Dyson Mulwa, confirmed the death of Lottie Kanta in the accident that happened between 09:00 hours and 09:30 hours.
Mr Kanta, 37, was a jackhammer operator at MCM.
The injured, who are admitted to Mufulira's Malcolm Watson Hospital, are: Webby Shitima, Webby Mwila, Jonas Mpetamopya and Tressford Mpundu.
Mr Mulwa said the actual cause of the rock fall has not yet been established. Details are being awaited from the contractor, Consorcio Tauro Limited.
"We want to urge the mine to increase their safety because we are losing lives almost every month," he said.