A second worker has died following an explosion last November at a Chinese lithium plant owned by WA-based miner Galaxy Resources.
In an update issued to the Australian Securities Exchange today, Galaxy said the worker had died as a result of infection from injuries sustained in the incident at the Jiangsu Lithium Carbonate Plant on November 22.
Galaxy had previously announced that heated sodium sulphate solution spilled onto “a number of employees and contractors” who sustained second-degree burns.
Investigations of the causes of the explosion had been completed by the company and China’s Suzhou Safety Bureau, it said.
They concluded an “abnormal and unexpected blockage” led to a mass of sodium sulphate liquid causing fibreglass pipe work to rupture at a u-bend section.
“Employees and contractors affected by the incident continue to recover, and the company continues to support them and their families,” the statement said.
“The company has business, commercial and welfare insurance policies in China that cover the business interruption and the affected employees.”
Galaxy said stainless steel replacement materials had been ordered and the u-bend would be repaired by early February.The company operates the Mt Cattlin mine near Ravensthorpe.
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