Thirty-nine Vale workers have been trapped underground within the Totten Mine in Sudbury, Ont., since Sunday, the corporate says.
The staff are secure and are at present mobilizing to exit the mine by way of a secondary ladder system, the corporate stated in a information launch earlier than chatting with CBC.
Vale spokesperson Danica Pagnutti stated staff will must climb up a ladder system that has a number of resting stations alongside the way in which. She couldn’t verify how far they have to climb or at what depth they have been trapped.
Earlier, Vale stated there was an “incident” at its mine within the western reaches of Greater Sudbury on Sunday afternoon that took the conveyance for transporting workers offline. The conveyance system, generally known as a cage, was broken when it was used to maneuver a big piece of kit, that collided with it.
Pagnutti stated nobody was onboard the cage when it was broken.
Workers capable of telephone households from mine
The 39 workers working underground at that time instantly went to a refuge station, where they’d entry to meals and water.
“We’re doing absolutely everything we can to ensure the safety of these employees,” Pagnutti stated. “We are in close contact with the families. The employees are able to phone their families from underground and stay in touch with them. So our focus is squarely on the safety of the employees.”
The firm stated it will present additional updates as they turn out to be out there.