Sudbury inquest told: ‘I heard a big bump. It sounded like something had happened’ – by Harold Carmichael (Sudbury Star – October 1, 2019)

Normand Bisaillon had just started working on his dream home when he and his partner were killed in an accident five years ago at the now-shuttered Lockerby Mine, his widow told an inquest as it opened in Sudbury on Monday.

“This is a last chance to get it right,” Romeena Bisaillon told the five-member coroner’s jury at the end of her short address. “Please: let’s not waste it.” The inquest is looking at how Normand Bisaillon, 49, and Marc Methe, 34, were killed on May 6, 2014, and recommendations on how to prevent such tragedies in the future.

Greg Allaire, representing the Methe family, said Marc was an intelligent man who aimed for bigger things in his life and took on the drilling job with Taurus Drilling as a stepping-stone in his career.

“His steady smile and joy of life will never be forgotten,” said Allaire. Methe and Bisaillon died from a fall of ground on the mine’s 6,500-foot level.

During testimony Monday, a Taurus Drilling Services employee assigned to fire both development and production blast rounds deep within First Nickel Inc.’s Lockerby Mine the afternoon of May 5, 2014, was left with an uneasy feeling after the blasts.

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