Vancouver-based Great Panther Mining Ltd. says a contractor’s employee was killed at its San Ignacio underground mine in Mexico.
The intermediate gold and silver mining company says the fatality occurred Friday afternoon during an isolated rock fall at the mine, which is part of its Guanajuato Mine Complex.
It says the employee’s family and government authorities have been notified and an investigation has been initiated to determine the cause.
Great Panther says operations in the area of the incident have been temporarily suspended but the rest of the mine is unaffected.
The company operates the Tucano Gold Mine in Brazil and two primary silver mines in Mexico: Guanajuato and Topia.
Great Panther bought the Coricancha Mine in Peru in 2017 and is working to restart it after it was shut down in 2013.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our colleagues and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends,” said interim CEO Jeffrey Mason in a statement.
“We will commit all available resources to determine the cause of this accident so that we can work to prevent such a tragedy from occurring again. Any necessary steps to prevent the recurrence of such accidents will be taken immediately.”
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 11, 2019.
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