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Labour ministry investigates death at Musselwhite Mine

Inspector visited the mine but has issued no orders.
Musselwhite Mine is a fly-in, fly-out operation located 500 kilometres north of Thunder Bay. (Goldcorp photo)

The Ontario labour ministry is conducting an investigation into the weekend death of an employee at Goldcorp's Musselwhite Mine, 500 kilometres north of Thunder Bay.

A spokesperson said the ministry was notified on Saturday, Feb. 2 that a worker had been found unresponsive at the mine site.

A ministry inspector travelled to the fly-in, fly-out gold mine on Monday but issued no orders to the company.

According to the spokesperson, the investigation has not been completed.

Musselwhite Mine went into commercial production in 1997 and is one of the country's largest gold mines.

The deposit has gold reserves (proven and probable) of 1.85 million ounces and another 310,000 ounces in the resources (measured and indicated) category, as well as 1.17 million ounces in the inferred resources category.

Ore at Musselwhite is mined from two main zones below Lake Opapimiskan and is produced on site at the operation’s 4,500-tonne-per-day mill.

The mine employs 710 workers.

Goldcorp has impact benefit agreements in place with the neighbouring Indigenous communities of North Caribou Lake First Nation, Cat Lake First Nation, Kingfisher Lake First Nation, and Wunnumin Lake First Nation, as well as the Shibogama First Nations Council and Windigo First Nations Council, and a co-operation agreement with Mishkeegogamang First Nation.