Two staff injured at Vale's New Caledonia nickel plant

jueves 30 de abril de 2015 21:33 GYT
 

SYDNEY May 1 (Reuters) - Two workers at Vale's Goro nickel processing plant in New Caledonia suffered light acid-related injuries, but production was continuing as normal, the Brazilian mining firm said on Friday.

The incident occurred on Thursday, one year after a chemical spill on the site caused violent riots with the regional government suspending Vale's operations for three weeks.

"Two contract employees performing regular maintenance came into accidental contact with acid and were treated at the hospital," spokesman Cory McPhee told Reuters.

"No other injuries or impacts resulted and our operations continue while an investigation into the incident is underway."

Vale said no damage was caused to the environment and that a government investigation was underway in the French Pacific territory. (Reporting by Cecile Lefort; Additional reporting by Melanie Burton in MELBOURNE; Editing by Joseph Radford)