TORONTO, Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - AuRico Gold Inc. (AUQ.TO) (AUQ), ("AuRico" or "the Company") regrets to report the fatal injury of two contractors at its El Chanate mine, located 37 kilometres northeast of Caborca in Sonora State, Mexico. The accident occurred in the afternoon of November 13, 2012 when a pressure vessel in one of the three separate ADR processing plants ruptured.
"The occurrence of this incident is incredibly distressing as the safety of our employees and contractors is the Company's highest priority and this incident is a tragic shock to everyone," said Scott Perry, President & Chief Executive Officer. "On behalf of all of us at AuRico, I want to extend our deepest condolences to those impacted, particularly the family, friends and colleagues of those involved in this incident. More than ever, our number one focus must remain on ensuring all of our employees and contractors return home safely, each and every day."
The matter is currently being investigated by the Company and the relevant authorities have been notified. The Company will be facilitating site wide safety reviews and repairs for this portion of the processing facility. It is anticipated that gold production for the balance of 2012 will be somewhat impacted and as a result, the Company is revising its full year gold production guidance to 70,000 to 75,000 oz Au for the El Chanate mine.
Tough and sad day for the families. Mining is hard and dangerous. The Miners were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Accidents do happen and everything should be done to learn from this. A valve blew. Who made the valve? Who serviced the valve? Was there human error? Insurance company should do a full assessment and create future safety policies for all Miners. Rip.