One unnamed miner has died in a blasting accident at Mopani Copper Mines in Mufulira, and over 300 miners have been gassed underground at Mindola in Kitwe after a loader hit a power line, causing a fire. 17 of the miners were admitted to hospital for observation, but have since been discharged.

Mopani Copper Mines has been marred by accidents recently. In August, one miner died after falling out of a life case in Nkana, Kitwe, after which three miners were electrocuted underground in Mufulira when working with water pumps.