GOLDCORP INC. (TSX: G, NYSE: GG) today reported a fatal accident at the Musselwhite mine in North Western Ontario. Early Wednesday morning 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 atGoldcorp. 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.”
Musselwhite Mine is a fly-in, fly-out operation located along the southern shore of Opapimiskan Lake, about 480 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay. An all-weather road connects the mine to the community of Pickle Lake, more than 250 kilometres to the south.
Operations at Musselwhite Mine are suspended until authorities complete their investigation. The name of the deceased miner has not yet been released.