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Non-work related death reported at IAMGOLD's Côté mine project

Toronto gold company said worker found unresponsive outside accommodations complex
(IAMGOLD photo)

IAMGOLD is reporting a death its Côté Gold mine construction project near Gogama, halfway between Sudbury and Timmins.

The Toronto gold company reported in a Sept. 29 news release that an individual employed by a contractor was found unconscious near the workers accommodations complex on Friday morning. Attempts to resuscitate were unsuccessful and the person was declared dead. 

The company said the individual was not on shift or engaged in any mining or constructed-related work.

Authorities are said to be at the site investigating. The cause of death remains unknown at this time.

IAMGOLD said it will provide further updates.

"On behalf of all of us at IAMGOLD,” said President-CEO Renaud Adams in a statement, “I would like to express our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of the individual who passed away this morning. In the coming days and weeks, investigators and authorities will have the company's full cooperation as we examine every detail to determine the cause of this tragic incident. The health and safety of people is our number one priority and the tragic events of today underscore why we can never lose sight of this commitment.

"As the investigation proceeds, the family, friends and colleagues of the individual are foremost in our thoughts, and we are focused on providing them with the support they need at this difficult time."

The open-pit mine project is nearing completion with first gold pour scheduled in early 2024.