Endeavour Mining said a fatal accident has occurred at its Tabakoto Mine in Mali. An employee fell into a slot raise while working in the underground mine at approximately 2:30pm on Friday July 8th, 2016, and passed away in a Bamako hospital on Saturday evening, July 9th. Local authorities in Mali have been notified and have launched an investigation. Endeavour is cooperating fully with authorities and is also conducting its own investigation to determine the root cause of the accident.
"We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss and our sympathies and thoughts at this time are with the individual's family, friends and colleagues," said Sébastien de Montessus, CEO of Endeavour. "This incident is a terrible reminder why safety is our top priority, every day and every shift. We will thoroughly investigate this incident so we can work to prevent such a tragedy from re-occurring."
In 2016, it expects the mine to produce between 535koz and 560koz gold at an AISC of US$870 to US$920/oz, excluding Karma which is in the commissioning stage.