IAMGOLD reported the death of a contractor’s employee in a bus accident between Dori and Kaya, around 170 km north of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso.
In addition to the fatality, seven injured IAMGOLD employees were taken to Ouagadougou for medical treatment. Two employees have been released, and the other five remain in stable condition in the hospital.
The accident involved two IAMGOLD buses operated by Transcordec, which were transporting employees from the Essakane mine to Ouagadougou.
Essakane’s emergency response team was immediately activated and internal and external emergency services personnel were called to the site, along with police authorities.
“Our thoughts are with the family, friends and co-workers of our Transcordec colleague, and we are offering assistance and support to the individual’s family,” says the company.
An investigation into the accident has been initiated by the company; moreover IAMGOLD is working with its contractor Transcordec and the local authorities to determine the cause.
The relevant government authorities have been notified.