November 9, 2011 | Barb Carr

René Aguilar to Speak About the Rescue of 33 Chilean Miners from San José Copper and Gold Mine

Aguilar Sáez René Alejandro

Aguilar Sáez René Alejandro will be a keynote speaker at the Global TapRooT® Summit, Las Vegas Nevada, February 29 to March 2, 2012.

In early August 2010, Chile’s San José copper and gold mine collapsed, trapping 33 miners 2,300 feet underground.

At that time, René was the Safety and Health Manager at El Teniente Mine at Codelco, the world’s largest copper producer. When he arrived at the San José Mine with civil engineer, André Sougarret, he became the second in charge of the rescue operation.

René was the coordination liaison between those present at the site, including the technical rescue teams and authorities from the Ministries of Mining, Interior, Health; the Chilean Safety Association; and the Army. During the rescue operation, René and André held daily contact with the trapped miners and their families.

In the final stage of the San Lorenzo Operation, he was responsible for leading the teams in charge of the final rescue; working with Codelco and Asmar engineers in the design and fabrication of the rescue capsules; selection and training of rescuers; and hoisting equipment and communications systems.

Today, René Aguilar is Corporate Manager of Safety and Occupational Health at Codelco.

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