(Kitco News) – Dundee Precious Metals said that it shut down operations at its Tsumeb smelter in Namibia after reporting a fatality.
In a statement released Friday, the company said that an employee sustained severe injuries while conducting maintenance activities in the waste processing plant. First responders and emergency services personnel were dispatched to the scene; however, despite best efforts, the employee succumbed to his injuries, the company said.
“It is with a heavy heart that I am reporting this tragic loss. Our immediate focus is on the welfare of our employee’s family, as well as on our employees who have been impacted by this incident,” said David Rae, president and CEO of Dundee Precious Metals. “The safety and well-being of our employees is our highest priority. This tragedy is a devastating reminder of the critical importance of safety in all aspects of our operations.”
With operations shut down, the company said that it has advised the relevant authorities and will be conducting a comprehensive investigation into this tragic incident.