K+S potash worker dies in Germany mining accident

05 April 2012 17:11  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--One worker died and three others were injured in an accident late on Wednesday (4 April) at a K+S potash mine near Hanover, Germany, officials said on Thursday.

The accident, at K+S’ Sigmundhall mine at Wunstorf, occurred at around 23:20 local time when the workers were exposed to a release of hydrogen sulphide during drilling works, an official for a mining authority in the state of Lower Saxony said.

Wolfgang Lampe, spokesman for the Landesamt fur Bergbau, said hydrogen sulphide releases were unheard of in northern Germany’s mining sector.

“We have never had such an event here, and as such were not prepared,” Lampe said.

Meanwhile, Germany’s state media group ARD reported that the Sigmundhall mine had been shut down, pending further investigations.

Media officials at K+S’ headquarters in Kassel could not be reached for additional comment on Thursday.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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