Barrick Gold resumes operations at Canada mine after fatality

FILE PHOTO: Souvenir luggage tags are displayed at a Barrick Gold Corp at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) annual conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada March 1, 2020. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

TORONTO (Reuters) - Miner Barrick Gold Corp has resumed surface operations including processing at its Hemlo mine in Canada’s Ontario province after a worker fatality last week suspended mining, a company spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Barrick halted operations following a July 14 incident which resulted in the death of a mine services employee.

“Underground works have focused on maintenance activities and re-inspection of work areas for potential hazards,” spokeswoman Kathy du Plessis said.

“The underground will progressively return to full production over the coming week.”

Barrick will provide an updated estimate for full year production with second-quarter results Aug. 9, she said.

Hemlo, about 350 km (217.5 miles) east of Thunder Bay, Ontario, produced 223,000 ounces of gold last year.

Reporting by Jeff Lewis, Editing by Louise Heavens