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Contractor dies underground at Lake Shore mine

Lake Shore Gold

Lake Shore Gold has confirmed that a medical-related incident occurred at the Timmins West Mine in North Eastern Ontario, Canada where a 55-year-old sub-contractor died of an unspecified condition underground.

Craig Harrell, 55, worked as a heavy equipment operator at the mine working at the 600-level when the incident occurred. Mineworkers reportedly discovered his body at around 3.15 pm after he failed to respond to radio requests.

According to the company, the site’s mine rescue team conducted resuscitation on the scene and transported him to surface to meet the local ambulance services. He died en-route to the Timmins and District Hospital.

Police said there is “no reason to believe that the loss of life is the result of an accident or foul play.”

Timmins police have confirmed an investigation will continue in collaboration with the local coroner and the Ministry of Labour.

The mine has recommenced operations ” Crews are back at work today” Marcel Cardinal, Director of Environment and Sustainability confirmed.

Lake Shore Gold Timmins Operation is owned an operated by Pan American Silver

Image: Lake Shore Gold (supplied)

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AMSJ April 2022