An accident that has occurred at a mine belonging to family-owned steel giant ArcelorMittal has claimed 30 lives. The firm announced in a statement that the accident, which happened last week, took place at its Abaiskaya mine in Kazakhstan.
Lakshmi Mittal (pictured), CEO and president, has expressed his sincerest condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims and has travelled to the country to offer his personal support.
"I deeply regret that there has been an accident in one of our mines in Kazakhstan," he said. "The safety of our workers is our number one priority and there has been a significant capital expenditure, change in operating practices and a change in management to improve health and safety at our mines in Kazakhstan over the past years."
The cause of the accident is not yet known and a full investigation is being launched into its causes. Only seven people were originally known to have died, but rescue work sadly revealed that a further 23 people also perished.