Two workers killed in ground collapse at Lockerby Mine in Sudbury

May 6, 2014

Two workers killed in ground collapse at Lockerby Mine in Sudbury

Two workers were killed in a mining accident at Lockerby Mine in Sudbury, ON on May 6, CTV News reported.

First Nickel Inc. reported that all operations were shut down following a ground collapse. There were no other injuries reported.

First Nickel said it was working with Taurus Drilling to ensure that the victim’s families receive support.

"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 colleagues," said First Nickel President Thomas M. Boehlert in a statement. "Safety is the top priority for the company and we will ensure this accident is fully investigated."

Mine Mill 598 Unifor President Anne Marie MacInnis told CTV News Channel that although the workers were not unionized, she is requesting that Unifor be part of the joint investigation into the accident.

Ontario's Ministry of Labour is investigating the accident.

The ministry's chief prevention officer called the deaths "unacceptable."

"We must find better ways of protecting people who go into mines every day to earn a living," George Gritziotis said in a statement. "No job is worth a life."
 

 

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