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New coveralls chosen to help ensure worker safety in Turkey copper mining operation

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Global Mining Review,

DuPont has announced details of the widespread use of its Tyvek® brand coveralls at the Eti Bakir AS Küreplant in Turkey – the biggest underground copper mine in the country.

The Küre plant is a mechanised underground metal-mining operation that produces 1.45 million tpy of raw copper ore, 170 000 tpy of copper concentrate and 400 000 tpy of pyrite concentrate. The Küre mine is an underground system that runs 960 m below the surface and has up to 40 km-long tunnels. These extensive tunnels see workers carrying out their tasks alongside the operation of heavy mining equipment.

To help ensure occupational safety for its workers, Eti Bakir choses DuPont™ Tyvek® 500 HV coverall. “Eti Bakirhas made health and safety its number one priority and has always quickly adopted the latest solutions in regard of its workers’ health, safety and comfort,” said Kazim Küçükates, Design and Underground Mine Manager at EtiBakir AS, “the Küre plant is a heavily mechanised one, we can have as many as 80 pieces of mining equipment in operation at any one time and this level of mechanisation means that the high visibility of workers is absolutely crucial.”

Küçükates continued: “The use of fluorescent fabrics and highly reflective tapes in our underground workwear is vital, and thanks to the Tyvek® 500 HV coverall from DuPont, which we have been using for the past three years, we have ensured that our workers have extremely high visibility and can be easily spotted by machine operators. In addition, the use of disposable coveralls offers significant price advantage as they are more affordable than normal coveralls in oily, dirty and chemical environments.”

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