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2 Taurus Drilling workers killed by fall of ground

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | May 06, 2014 - 1:46 PM |
Security officer Guy Roy speaks with an employee of Taurus Drilling on Tuesday following the death of two Taurus Drilling workers at Lockerby Mine. Photo by Arron Pickard.

Security officer Guy Roy speaks with an employee of Taurus Drilling on Tuesday following the death of two Taurus Drilling workers at Lockerby Mine. Photo by Arron Pickard.

A fall of ground, preceded by seismic activity, is believed to have been a factor in the deaths of two employees of Taurus Drilling Services at Lockerby Mine, First Nickel Inc. said in a news release.

Upon knowledge of the tragic accident, all underground activities, except emergency requirements, were immediately suspended and authorities were notified, the company said. Rescue teams were immediately dispatched to the area to render emergency assistance.


Senior operations management will work with government authorities to thoroughly investigate the accident.

The company is also working closely with Taurus Drilling to ensure that the miners' families receive counselling support. Counselling has also been and will continue to be provided for all employees and workers on site.

"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 Thomas M. Boehlert, FNI's president and CEO. "Safety is the top priority for the company and we will ensure this accident is fully investigated."

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