First Nickel has reported an incident happened at its Lockerby Mine, southwest of Sudbury. The company said mine rescue efforts are underway to locate and assess the condition of two contractors. First Nickel Inc.
Ontario's Ministry of Labour has confirmed two workers are dead after an accident at First Nickel’s Lockerby Mine near Sudbury.
The company said it happened at its underground operations. The two men were drillers, both working for Taurus Drilling Services.
In a release the company described the cause as a fall of ground, preceded by (seismic) activity.
Thomas M. Boehlert is the President and CEO of First Nickel. “We are deeply saddened by this tragic accident that resulted in the deaths of two men and we extend our heartfelt condolences to their families, friends and colleague. Safety is the top priority for the Company and we will ensure this accident is fully investigated.”
The company said it will work with government authorities to investigate the accident. It is also working closely with Taurus Drilling to ensure that the miners’ families receive counselling support.
First Nickel said all other workers have reported in safely. The two workers killed were contractors and not unionized, the company added.
Mine Mill 598 Unifor president Anne Marie MacInnis said one of her health and safety representatives is negotiating to be involved in a joint investigation with the company, despite the workers not being members.
All underground activities, except for emergency requirements, have been suspended at the mine.
The Ministry of Labour has inspectors on the scene as well as Greater Sudbury Police.
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