2 workers killed in Sudbury-area mine named

Carol Mulligan, Sudbury Star

, Last Updated: 12:16 AM ET

SUDBURY, Ont. — Two contractors killed in a northern Ontario nickel mine Tuesday have been identified as Norm Bisaillon, 49, and Marc Methe, 34.

In a release Wednesday, First Nickel Inc. said the pair were caught underground at the Lockerby Mine in what they described as a fall of material, preceded by seismic activity.

The mine is located about 50 kilometres northwest of Sudbury, Ont.

Bisaillon had more than 20 years of experience as an underground miner. He was a family man who loved to talk about his children and was proud of them, FNI president and chief executive officer Thomas Boehlert told reporters at a 4 p.m. statement delivered at the mine site.

Methe, who had worked for Taurus for four years, was committed and enthusiastic about his trade, said Boehlert, his voice cracking slightly.

"He was always positive and meticulous about what he did. These individuals will be sorely missed by all of us at First Nickel and Taurus."

Boehlert said rescue teams were immediately dispatched after the accident and "worked tirelessly to reach the men."

The Ministry of Labour continues to investigate.

First Nickel and Taurus Drilling are providing counselling support to the families and employees.

Six workers have been killed at mining operations in the Sudbury area in less than three years.


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