Worker dies after helicopter rollover at Hope Bay mine site
RCMP investigating incident along with Transportation Safety Board, Nunavut’s chief coroner
A worker at the Hope Bay Mine site has died after a helicopter rolled over during a landing Tuesday afternoon.
RCMP released a statement saying police in Cambridge Bay were contacted by a mine safety officer to report the accident at 5 p.m.
The rollover killed a man who was on the ground. Nobody else was injured, RCMP said.
Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd., which operates the site, said that the worker was a 42-year-old man from Alberta.
The company published a news release early Wednesday morning about the accident.
The release says the accident occured at 3 p.m., about 13 kilometres from the Doris mine, and involved an employee of a contractor.
“The emergency response team and medic from Hope Bay responded immediately to the incident,” states the release.
“The RCMP in Cambridge Bay has been notified as well as the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission.”
Operations have been suspended for 24 hours at Hope Bay, which is located about 125 kilometres southwest of Cambridge Bay. The release says Agnico Eagle is working with the contractor to extend support to the victim’s family.
“The company will also provide counselling and assist our employees and contractors at the camp,” states the release.
The RCMP, Transportation Safety Board and Nunavut’s chief coroner are investigating.