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First Nickel recalling workforce to Lockerby Mine

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | May 08, 2014 - 3:03 PM |
First Nickel Inc. announced today it will be recalling its workforce to the Lockerby Mine, where two drilling contractors were killed on Tuesday, May 6. File photo.

First Nickel Inc. announced today it will be recalling its workforce to the Lockerby Mine, where two drilling contractors were killed on Tuesday, May 6. File photo.

First Nickel recalling workforce to Lockerby Mine

First Nickel Inc. announced today it will be recalling its workforce to the Lockerby Mine, where two drilling contractors were killed on Tuesday, May 6.

The Ontario Ministry of Labour has released the suspension of underground operations in all areas of the mine, except for the level where the accident occurred, which remains under restricted access, said First Nickel in a press release.

This follows an underground inspection by the MOL on May 7.

“Prior to resuming operations, employees will be reintegrated into the worksite through a series of sessions designed to provide a safety reorientation, which will reconfirm the company's commitment to providing a safe working environment for employees and contractors,” said a First Nickel press release.

Underground drillers Marc Methe, 34, and Norm Bissaillon, 49, were killed by a fall of material in Lockerby Mine the morning of May 6.

Both men worked for Taurus Drilling Services.

“During this difficult period, the company's top priorities are supporting the Bissaillon and Methe families as well as friends and co-workers affected by the tragic accident, and continuing to strive to provide our employees and contractors with a safe working environment, to ensure all who enter the mine site are able to return home safely every day,” said First Nickel president and CEO Thomas Boehlert in a statement.

“I would like to express my gratitude to the mine rescue unit, Sudbury's other mining operations who assisted us, the local community, and everyone who has expressed condolences and support over the past days.”

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