Double fatality at Oyu Tolgoi site
Oyu Tolgoi has extended its condolences to the families of two technicians working for a Mongolian contractor company who tragically passed away while repairing a water pump in a tank at the Oyu Tolgoi construction site.
Oyu Tolgoi CEO Cameron McRae has suspended his trip overseas and will fly to the Oyu Tolgoi site tomorrow morning.
“This is a deeply distressing incident for everyone at Oyu Tolgoi and our sympathy goes out to the families of those who died, and all our employees and contractors.”
After the incident the Emergency Response team was immediately mobilised, and the police and authorities notified.
An expert team of safety professionals from Rio Tinto, Fluor and Oyu Tolgoi has been mobilised to help with the investigation.
Operations at site were shut down this morning for an incident and safety briefing for all staff and contractors.
The families have asked Oyu Tolgoi to respect their privacy and not release details of the deceased at this time.
Oyu Tolgoi will issue further statements as appropriate and will also post updated information to its website, www.ot.mn
For further information, please contact:
Bayarmagnai Puntsag, Deputy Head of Communications, +976 9911 1851.
About Oyu Tolgoi LLC (www.ot.mn)
Oyu Tolgoi LLC, Mongolia's largest copper and gold mining company, is a strategic partnership between the Government of Mongolia, Turquoise Hill Resources and Rio Tinto. Located in the South Gobi, Oyu Tolgoi commenced shipment of product to customers in July 2013. Oyu Tolgoi is managed by Rio Tinto, which is investing global expertise and cutting-edge technology to help develop Mongolia’s mining industry and ensure Oyu Tolgoi is one of the world’s most advanced mines. For Oyu Tolgoi, nothing matters more than safety. The business operates under the principle that if a job cannot be done safely, it will not be done at all.