The Sudbury Star is the City of Greater Sudbury’s daily newspaper.
The Greater Sudbury Police Service’s forensic unit is onsite at First Nickel Inc.’s Lockerby Mine following the death of two contractors due to a ground collapse early this morning. The Ontario Ministry of Labour and First Nickel have confirmed there was a double fatality at the site.
According to an FNI release, the workers were drillers from Taurus Drilling Service and “a fall of ground, preceded by (seismic) activity is believed to have been a factor in the accident.”
All underground activities, except emergency requirements, were suspended following the incident, which is being investigated by FNI officials and the ministry.
“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,” Thomas M. Boehlert, FNI’s President and CEO, said in the release. “Safety is the top priority for the Company and we will ensure this accident is fully investigated.” The company was planning a press conference for this afternoon.
Though the workers are contractors and not unionized, Anne-Marie MacInnis, president of Mine Mill Local 598 / Unifor, said the union wants to be involved in a joint investigation of the incident.
The deaths are drawing condolences from the community.
Mayor Marianne Matichuk has issued a release offering her “condolences to the families, friends and co-workers of the individuals.”
Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath issued a statement offering “my deepest condolences to the families and friends of two miners who were recently killed at First Nickel’s Lockerby Mine. Today is a grim reminder of the dangers miners face each and every day on the job. My heart goes out to everyone touched by this terrible tragedy.
“The mining community has deep roots in the Sudbury area. I know the people of Sudbury will come together to support the families, friends and coworkers of the two miners killed on the job.
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