A 31-year-old worker at PotashCorp's Cory mine was struck by a piece of ore and died early Monday morning.

"It was a ground fall incident at our Cory mine," PotashCorp spokesperson Bill Johnson said. "Ground fall is when part of the ground -- in this case the roof -- fell down and struck him." 

The incident occurred at about 3:30 a.m. CST, Johnson said.

"The crew was right there and they administered CPR underground, and they got him to surface as quickly as they could," Johnson explained. "And he was taken by ambulance to hospital."

The miner succumbed to his injuries in hospital. He was pronounced dead at about 5:30 a.m. CST. 

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The Cory mine in Saskatchewan is owned by PotashCorp, the world's largest potash company. (Canadian Press)

Johnson said the 31-year-old had been working at the Cory Potash Mine for the past 3 years. RCMP members and family members are still gathering details, so the company will not release the man's name, nor where he's from. A company spokesperson confirms the man was married and had a 2-year-old child.

Another man was also taken to hospital with what Johnson referred to as non life-threatening injuries.

Mining operations have been put on hold while investigators look into what happened. All workers were sent home with pay. Johnson estimated the investigation could take a few days.

The PotashCorp spokesperson said ground fall incidents such as this one are rare at the mine. He said the previous ground fall incident at the Lanigan mine happened in 2005.

The PotashCorp Cory mine is located 10 kilometres southwest of Saskatoon, near Highway 7.

Corrections

  • An earlier version of this story stated the last ground fall accident at a PotashCorp mine occurred in 2005 at the Cory mine. In fact, it happened in 2005 at the Lanigan potash mine.
    Feb 18, 2014 2:24 PM CT