Medusa Mining, through its Philippines operating company Philsaga Mining Corporation, has reported a fatality at its Co-O underground gold mine in the Philippines. The incident occurred at the start of dayshift on March 22 on Level 8 of the mine in northeast Mindanao.

In a company statement Medusa said that two contract miners were assigned to extend the timber support in a raise that was approximately 6 metres above the main track level.

The preliminary investigation indicates that one miner accessed the work area above the level while the second miner was assembling the work tools on the main track drift a few meters away. The second miner heard a loud noise and immediately returned to the work area to find his work partner on the track level unconscious.

He was immediately taken to the company hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.

The Philippines Mines and Geosciences Bureau has been notified and the mine continues to operate with activities in the incident area stopped while a detailed investigation is ongoing.

The company is providing support for the family of the deceased.