November 16, 2007 / 4:51 PM / 12 years ago

Cave-in kills miner at Grupo Mexico zinc pit

MEXICO CITY, Nov 16 (Reuters) - A miner died after a cave-in at a Grupo Mexico pit in the central state of San Luis Potosi, the National Miners and Metal Workers Union said on Friday.

Epifanio Cazares was working 600 yards (540 meters) underground at the zinc, lead and silver mine at Charcas when a shaft collapsed on him on Wednesday. He suffered multiple fractures and died later in a hospital, the union said.

A Grupo Mexico spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

The union blamed the cave in on poor safety standards at the mine.

Workers at Grupo Mexico’s Cananea copper mine near the U.S. border have been on strike for more than three months in a dispute over pay and safety that is also part of a power struggle between the union and the company.

An explosion at a Grupo Mexico coal mine in the northern state of Coahuila killed 65 miners in 2006.

Grupo Mexico shares (GMEXICOB.MX) rose 2.42 percent on Friday to 76.50 pesos. (Reporting by Chris Aspin)

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