Superior — Resolution Copper announced this week that it has laid off 48 construction workers and has ceased development at its new #10 underground shaft until a ventilation and cooling situation has been resolved.
The company said in order to upgrade ventilation and cooling of the new #10 underground shaft and to ensure the health and safety of employees and contractors, Resolution Copper is placing approximately 48 members of its contractor workforce on temporary leave while a construction and engineering solution is implemented and tested to increase cooling and ventilation to critical work areas within the shaft.
A crew of some 34 construction workers will remain for shaft upkeep and maintenance. Resolution Copper said it anticipates that some of the laid off workers will be recalled before the end of the year. The remainder are expected to be recalled by mid 2014, when sinking of the #10 shaft is expected to resume.
Andrew Taplin, Project Director for Resolution said temperatures in the shaft are at about 116 degrees – too hot for comfort and safety – and humidity is at 100 percent. For the complete article see the 10-16-2013 issue.
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