ALLAN, Sask. – A PotashCorp. spokesman says a worker was already dead when emergency crews got to him underground at one of the company’s Saskatchewan mines.

Public affairs director Bill Johnson says first responders unsuccessfully tried to revive the 28-year-old man Monday night at the Allan mine southeast of Saskatoon.

The worker’s name has not been released and Johnson says he doesn’t have any details about how the man died.

The accident happened during a regular shift at the mine, which employs about 465 people.

Operations at the mine have been shut down.

Johnson says the company is shaken to the core and there will be a full investigation.

But the main concern right now is for the worker’s family and other employees, he said Tuesday.

“Right now our focus really is on assisting the family of the individual and all of our employees at the mine site, and making sure that they get the counselling and assistance they need to deal with this.”

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