National Union of Miners and Allied Workers (NUMAW) President Mundiya Sikufele has urged mining companies in the country to prioritize safety in their operations to avoid loss of lives.
Mr Sikufele said mining is a very dangerous venture hence the need for the companies to prioritize the safety of their workers by adhering to safety measures and regulations.
He said this in Solwezi today during the funeral service of a First Quantum and Minerals (FQM) dump operator Thomas Nsoneka held at Trinity United Church of Zambia congregation.
Nsoneka died on the spot in a mine accident after the dump track he was operating fell into a deep open pit at the weekend.
“In as much as we appreciate the mining investment in the country, the safety of the workers is a number one priority,” he said.
Mr Sikufele further called upon the two mining companies operating in Solwezi district, Kansanshi and Lumwana to construct a hospital in the area that can handle disastrous cases resulting from mine accidents.
Speaking at the same funeral service FQM representative, Abaleka Mwandila said the company has learnt the death of Mr Nsoneka with deep sorrow as it has lost a very diligent worker.
Mr Mwandila said the deceased was one person who was committed to work and that his death is a very big blow to the company.