Canadian mid-tier miner IAMGOLD has confirmed the death of one of its workers after an off-site hoisting accident in northeastern Burkina Faso near its Essakane complex.
While it did not identify the individual, the miner, who has assets in North and South America as well as West Africa, said the worker was assisting with the hoisting of mobile equipment when they sustained injuries that were ultimately fatal.
An investigation into the incident has been commenced by IAMGOLD; officials added it is also working closely with local authorities on their probe.
Chair and interim president and CEO Maryse Bélanger offered condolences to the worker’s family and friends and said the company is offering support, counselling and assistance to all impacted by the death.
Operations at Essakane continue, though IAMGOLD said it is planning a safety stand-down to reflect on the loss and reinforce its commitment to Zero Harm and safety best practices.
The mine, which began commercial production in July 2010, is 90% company-owned with the balance held by the government of Burkina Faso.