'Consequential' damage after equipment collapse at new Saskatchewan potash mine

BETHUNE, – An investigation is underway after a large piece of equipment collapsed during routine testing at the site of a potash mine under construction in Saskatchewan.

Officials with K+S Potash Canada say in a release that there were no serious injuries when equipment used for processing fell early Sunday morning at their Legacy Mine, about 60 kilometres northwest of Regina.

One media report says a worker suffered a sprained thumb.

The statement says the accident resulted in “consequential damage,” but no other details have been released.

Social media postings by construction workers indicate that as of Sunday evening, the site was on a temporary stand-down.

About 3,000 workers have been involved in construction of the mine, which is expected to begin production this summer with about 100 permanent staff.

K+S Potash Canada is part of the K+S Group, an international resources company that has been mining and processing mineral raw materials for 125 years. (CKRM, CTV Regina)