Initial investigations suggest that the two gold mine employees succumbed to smoke inhalation sickness following exposure to blasting gasses.
Golden Star Resources suspended operations at the gold mine to allow for the initial investigation of the incident, but the mine resumed full operation as of January 1, 2018.
Mine management and the Inspector of Mines continue to conduct further investigations.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of two of our colleagues,” states president and CEO of Golden Star Resources, Sam Coetzer.
“On behalf of us all at Golden Star Resources, and particularly the close-knit team at Prestea gold mine, we extend our sincerest condolences to the individuals’ families and friends.
“Safety is our highest priority and we take great care in ensuring that all of our underground team members have self-rescuers and that they are trained to use them correctly.
“We are conducting further investigations to understand why this tragedy occurred and how to prevent it from happening again.”
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