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The worker killed underground Tuesday at Nickel Rim South Mine near Skead has been identified as Richard Pigeau, but neither his employer nor his union were willing to say much yesterday about the miner’s life, or death.
“We just contacted the family, so don’t want to be disrespectful to them, because they’re just making arrangements right now,” said Anne Marie MacInnis, president of Mine Mill Local 598/Unifor.
In a release issued Wednesday, the local expressed “great sadness” over the loss of a “union brother,” and extended “sincerest condolences” to the family, friends and co-workers of Pigeau.
MacInnis said the union would have more comments to make once the Ministry of Labour releases the site and health and safety committees operated through Mine Mill and Glencore are able to begin their own investigation into the tragedy.
“At some point we have to talk about what the reactions are, but just let them do what they have to do right now,” said MacInnis.
“Once they release the scene, there will be a joint investigation, but I just want the family to be able to make their arrangements.”
Iyo Grenon, communications specialist with Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations – Glencore, told The Star by email “there is very little update that we can share today other than the site remains closed today until further notice.”
On Tuesday, the company confirmed “with deepest regret” that a fatality had occurred at Nickel Rim, and said it was co-operating with the Ministry of Labour as well as “extending our full support to the family.”
MOL spokesperson Janet Deline said the ministry had two inspectors attending the scene on Wednesday. “One is an electrical/mechanical inspector and the other is an engineer,” she told The Star.
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