Workplace Safety North regrets to inform its member firms that a fatality occurred at Musselwhite mine at Opapamiskan Lake in the Kenora district of northern Ontario.
Early Wednesday morning, Nov. 25, a scoop operator was working underground when an unexpected fall-of-rock occurred. The company immediately dispatched first responders and initiated search and rescue operations, however, the scoop was completely covered with material, which led to the fatal injury.
"We are all deeply saddened by this tragic accident. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the individual's family, friends and colleagues," said Chuck Jeannes, Goldcorp President and Chief Executive Officer. "The health and safety of our employees is our highest priority at Goldcorp. We are fully cooperating with the ongoing investigation to determine the cause of the accident, and are offering support to the individual's family and employees at the mine site."
Operations at Musselwhite Mine are suspended until authorities complete their investigation. Goldcorp is committed to reviewing and reinforcing safety procedures to ensure safety remains the top priority across all operations.