BOGOTA – Four people were killed and 12 others injured when a platform collapsed while repairs were being made at the El Cerrejon mine in the northeastern province of Guajira, the mining company said Thursday.
The platform collapsed on Wednesday while 16 workers tried to fix a coal silo, the El Cerrejon mining company said in a statement.
One worker was brought out of the mine alive but died while being transported to a hospital.
The other three workers died at the accident scene from the injuries they sustained, the company said.
Colombia experienced its worst mining accident in recent years in June, when an explosion at a coal mine killed 73 people.
The explosion occurred on June 16 at the San Fernando mine in the northwestern town of Amaga, while most of the miners were working at a depth of 2,600 meters (8,524 feet).
The blast, apparently due to an accumulation of gas, occurred during a shift change.
Ninety of the 163 miners inside at the time of the accident walked out under their own power the following morning.
A November 2008 flood in a different shaft at San Fernando left five workers dead, while 86 people perished in a 1977 explosion at a another coal mine in Amaga. EFE