Capstone reports contractor fatality at Cozamin mine
(Kitco News) - Capstone Mining (TSX:CS) reported today that a fatal accident occurred at its Cozamin mine in Mexico on March 7, 2021. The isolated incident occurred underground and involved one of the company's contractor employees.
The company said that the contractor was pinned by a rockfall from the drill face. He was treated quickly by the Site Emergency Response Team and then transported to Zacatecas Hospital where he passed away. No other employees or contractors were injured, and there is no ongoing safety risk.
"It is with great sadness that I report such a tragic loss. Our immediate priority is to support his family and colleagues through this difficult time," said President and CEO Darren Pylot. "The safety and well-being of our employees and contractors remains our top priority."
Capstone added that operations were immediately suspended and have since restarted in the mill and are anticipated to resume in the mine later today. An investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing and the necessary authorities have been notified.
Capstone Mining is a Canadian base metals mining company, focused on copper. The company's two producing mines are the Pinto Valley copper mine located in Arizona, US, and the Cozamin copper-silver mine in Zacatecas State, Mexico. In addition, Capstone owns 70% of Santo Domingo, a large scale, fully-permitted, copper-iron-gold project in Region III, Chile, in partnership with Korea Resources Corporation, as well as a portfolio of exploration properties.