Fatal accident at Hoyle Pond gold mine is second of the year

Timmins Police and the Ontario Ministry of Labour are investigating a fatal accident involving a 57-year-old man that occurred at the Goldcorp Hoyle Pond gold mine in Timmins Thursday morning, the Timmins Times has learned.

Police cannot comment except to say the investigation is being carried out on behalf of the Ontario’s Chief Coroner’s office.

Paramedics were dispatched to the Hoyle Pond Mine just before the noon hour today in response to a 9-1-1 call that a miner suffered a serious injury after being struck by a piece of heavy equipment underground near the 1400 level.

Ontario Ministry of Labour spokesperson Matt Blajer reported that the miner was hit by a scooptram. The man was rushed to Timmins and District Hospital and at some point early Thursday afternoon, he was pronounced dead. The man’s identity has not yet been revealed to the media. No other details were available.

This is the second mining fatality in Timmins this year. The first mining death occurred on January 6th at the Xstrata Kidd Mine, when contract miner Richard Roy was killed while working in a raise on the 8200 level.

In both cases, a coroner’s inquest will be required since a formal inquest is mandatory when a miner is killed on the job in Ontario.

The last time a miner was killed at the Hoyle Pond Mine was October 12, 2007. That’s when mining supervisor Denis Clouthier, 38, died after he was hit by a piece of loose rock while he was working on an Alimak raise.



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