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Two fatalities in two weeks at Great Panther

Another mining fatality at the Great Panther operations leaves workers wondering about mine safety

Listed Canadian mining company Great Panther has confirmed the death of a miner at its’ Coricancha Mine Complex in Peru. The fatal incident is the second in two weeks for the miner who recorded another fatality at its’ Guanajuato Mine Complex in Mexico.

In a statement, the mining company said “it is with great sadness that an employee lost his life in an accident that occurred during the late evening of November 17, 2019, at the processing plant of the Company’s Coricancha Mine Complex in Peru”. 

According to the company, the operation was undertaking further processing of stockpiles and limited mining, following the Bulk Sample Program completed earlier this year.  There were no other injuries related to the accident.

The latest mining fatality highlights the failure of the company to implement effective safety systems for workers in South America.

Great Panther said its’ personnel immediately initiated protocols to close the plant area, and informed the employee’s family and appropriate government and local authorities. 

“The area of the accident has been barricaded and closed off while an investigation, which is underway, into the accident has been completed” the company confirmed.

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“We are extremely saddened by this tragic accident and extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of our co-worker, an experienced plant operator who worked at the Coricancha Mine Complex for almost seven years”, stated Jeffrey Mason, Interim President and CEO. 

“Safety is a core value at Great Panther and we will continue to strive to prevent such accidents from occurring. This includes completing an investigation of this accident and taking remedial action. Great Panther is continuing an in-depth review of its comprehensive safety policies, programs, and training across all operations.” 

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