A tragic accident occurred at Newmont Mining’s Ahafo Mill Expansion project in Ghana on April 7. A contractor construction crew of eight people was working inside a surface reclaim facility when the roof collapsed during the placement of concrete. Emergency response teams were deployed immediately, but six people lost their lives, and two people sustained minor injuries, the company said.

Newmont Ghana immediately notified authorities and is cooperating with the police in their investigation. Newmont temporarily suspended production at its Ahafo and Akyem mines after the accident, but since have restarted operations following extended safety discussions and risk assessments with employees.

The Ahafo Mill Expansion project, where the accident took place, and all surface civil construction work will remain suspended until Newmont and the authorities are satisfied that work can resume safely.

“On behalf of the entire Newmont family, I would like to express our deepest sorrow and extend our heartfelt condolences to the families, friends and co-workers of the victims,” said Gary Goldberg, president and CEO. “Our priorities right now are to support the families of those who lost loved ones in this terrible accident, and to cooperate with authorities to investigate its causes.”