TSX-listed Mountain Province Diamonds on Friday announced that an employee of a contractor partner company had died of injuries sustained in an incident at the Gahcho Kué mine a day earlier.
The mine is a joint venture (JV) between Mountain Province Diamonds, which owns 49% of the project, and De Beers Canada, which holds a 51% interest and is the mine’s operator.
The incident is under investigation by the appropriate authorities and all non-essential work at the mine has been suspended.
“This is an extremely tragic incident and the mine JV partners, De Beers Group and Mountain Province Diamonds, extend our deepest condolences to the grieving family and friends of the deceased individual.
“We want to commend the individual’s co-workers, the mine’s emergency response team, and the on-site medical team who made every effort to save their colleague’s life. A grief counsellor arrived at the mine on Thursday evening and additional counselling services are available to all employees,” De Beers says.