Trevali CEO resigns days after two managers found guilty of involuntary manslaughter
Vancouver-based Trevali Mining Corp.’s chief executive Ricus Grimbeek resigned, days after a court in Burkina Faso found two employees connected to the Canadian firm guilty of involuntary manslaughter after a flash flood in April killed eight miners at the company’s Perkoa mine in the West African nation.
In addition to Grimbeek, who joined the company in April 2019, Trevali’s chief operating officer Derek du Preez and its director Dan Isserow also resigned, the company said in a press release on Sept. 16.
“With the SISP order obtained and the sales process underway … the board and Mr. Grimbeek determined that it was the appropriate time for him to step away from Trevali,” the press release said.
Flash floods caused by unseasonal rainfall breached the Perkoa mine on April 16, and the company spent the next two months pumping out about 137 million litres of water.
The bodies of the eight workers were discovered during the cleanup operation between mid-May and mid-June. Initially, Trevali said it hoped the missing workers would be found in the mine’s refuge chamber; however, the chamber was found intact and empty once the rescue team reached the room located more than 500 metres below the surface in mid-May.
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