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A Talvivaara Mining Company employee born in 1976 died Thursday morning 15 March 2012 outside the Talvivaara metals recovery plant in Sotkamo, Finland. The man was found lifeless near the factory buildings. The emergency services were alerted at 9.30. The plant fire brigade and the primary care unit tried to revive the man, but the man died.
Elevated concentrations of hydrogen sulfide were detected earlier that morning by multi-gas meters in the yard at the plant site where the man had been found. The measured concentrations of hydrogen sulfide were harmful, but not at a potentially fatal level. In compliance with Occupational Health and Safety Guidelines work was suspended at the scene.
According to Talvivaara Health and Safety Instructions in the metals recovery area it is mandatory to be equipped with multi-gas meters and a personal breathing apparatus. From the preliminary investigation Police notified that, the employee who died doing a sample collecting round was not equipped with multi-gas meters or protective equipment
Safety at all times is an absolute priority for Talvivaara. Talvivaara takes into account and emphasizes safety factors at the mine and in each step of the design, construction and operating of the process.
Kainuu's police department is investigating the incident and will examine the accident at work with a coroner's investigation.
Talvivaara Mining Company sends its deepest condolences to the bereaved relatives of the deceased. Talvivaara personnel are offered crisis aid in a time of grief.
Talvivaara Mining Company Plc. Tel +358 20 7129 800
Lassi Lammassaari, Chief Operations Officer
Eeva Ruokonen, Chief Sustainability Officer
Talvivaara Mining Company Plc
Talvivaara Mining Company is an internationally significant base metals producer with its primary focus on nickel and zinc using a technology known as bioheapleaching to extract metals out of ore. Bioheapleaching makes extraction of metals from low grade ore economically viable. The Talvivaara deposits comprise one of the largest known sulphide nickel resources in Europe. The ore body is estimated to support anticipated production for several decades. Talvivaara has secured a 10-year off-take agreement for 100 per cent of its main output of nickel and cobalt to Norilsk Nickel and entered into a long-term zinc streaming agreement with Nyrstar NV. Talvivaara is listed on the London Stock Exchange Main Market and NASDAQ OMX Helsinki and is included in the FTSE- 250 index. Further information can be found at www.talvivaara.com.