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One killed, one injured at Vale smelter

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | Apr 07, 2014 - 7:03 AM |
A 36-year-old man was killed and a 28-year-old man injured at around 6:30 p.m. April 6 while working at the Casting/Crushing Plant at the Copper Cliff Smelter.

One of the men was found unconscious and without vital signs and pronounced dead on the scene by medical personnel. The other man was treated in hospital for serious injuries, and is now in stable condition.

The immediate family has been notified; however, the name of the employee is being withheld pending completion of the notification process, a press release from Vale said.

“We are saddened beyond words by the loss of this employee,” said Kelly Strong, Vice President Ontario and UK Operations, in a press release.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the employee’s family, co-workers and friends. We are focusing our efforts on trying to understand exactly what happened, and on supporting the family and our employees as best we can.”

The matter is being investigated by the Greater Sudbury Police Services, the Ministry of Labour, and representatives of Vale and the United Steelworkers Local 6500.

More details will be released by Vale at a 10:30 a.m. press conference.

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