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More fatalities at Medusa mine

14/01/2021 - 15:00

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Como-based Medusa Mining has reported two more fatalities at its goldmine in the Philippines, taking the death toll to five in less than a year.

More fatalities at Medusa mine
An investigation into the latest incident at the Co-O goldmine is underway.

Como-based Medusa Mining has reported two more fatalities at its goldmine in the Philippines, taking the death toll to five in less than a year.

Medusa told the market this afternoon that two contract workers were killed on January 12 while undertaking maintenance work at an underground pumping station, on the Co-O mine's third level.

It follows another death reported by the company in August last year, and two more in February.

Those workers were killed by electrocution during an inspection process at the mine’s main pump station and during a rockfall, respectively.

Medusa today said it had immediately notified the Philippine Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the latest incident. An investigation is underway.

“The accident occurred despite the additional daily focus on safe work practices, additional training and improved procedures,” Medusa said.

“The company has immediately reinforced procedures relating to the circumstances of the accident and all facets of safety are further reviewed.”

The Co-O mine, located in Central Eastern Mindanao, is operated by Medusa subsidiary Philsaga Mining Corporation (PMC).

Almost all of the mine's employees and contractors are Philippine nationals, with the large majority residing in local towns and villages surrounding the mines and processing plant, Medusa says.

It said PMC was working with the contractor to ensure families of the deceased workers were receiving support.

Operations are continuing at other areas of the mine, following inspections.

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