Worker dies in vehicle mishap at Nunavut iron mine

Baffinland’s Mary River mine suffers second death since 2015

Baffinland’s Mary River mine suffered its second death since 2015 yesterday, when the employee of a Baffinland contractor died in a single-vehicle incident. (FILE PHOTO)

By Nunatsiaq News

A worker at the Mary River iron mine died yesterday in what the mine’s owner, Baffinland Iron Mines Corp., described as a “single-vehicle accident.”

The incident occurred just after 5 a.m. on the morning of Sunday, Dec. 16, the company said in a terse news release.

Baffinland did not identify the deceased worker.

They also did not provide the deceased person’s age, gender or home community, and did not state whether the worker had been hired from Nunavut or from southern Canada.

But they did say the worker was the employee of a Baffinland contractor and that they have notified the worker’s next-of-kin.

The company has contacted the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission and the RCMP, and each of those two agencies will do investigations, Baffinland said.

Also, Baffinland will do its own internal investigation, the company said.

This appears to be the second workplace death at the Mary River mine since the project became operational in 2015.

On Sept. 20, 2015, Arctic Bay’s Michael Levi, 51, an employee of Baffinland, died in a workplace incident.

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(17) Comments:

  1. Posted by Tim Reid on

    My condolences to the family and friends and coworkers, It is a tragedy to see this happen.

  2. Posted by Janet on

    I have two sons who work there. I pray for their safety every day. Condolences to this persons family

  3. Posted by Kelly on

    My husband works at the mine in Mary River and I know this has shaken the workers. My deepest condolences to the family

    • Posted by Renee Finton on

      Tony was my brother and we havent been given any information

      • Posted by Kyle Kirby on

        Renee, I work at Baffinland. Trying to reach out to you and your family during this difficult time. This should never have happened.
        Please add me on FB.

        • Posted by Jeremy on

          My mother’s name is Renee Anker Finton on Facebook, mine is Jeremy Finton, if you could reach out to either of us it would be so greatly appreciated

        • Posted by Renee Finton on

          Hi Kyle, thanks for your response, there are a bunch of Kyle Kirby but i will try. If you want to try and friend me its Renee Anker Finton and I live in Hamilton

      • Posted by Lynn on

        Please let me know what happened to Tony. I have known him for over 25 years and miss him every day!!!

        • Posted by Renee Finton on

          it was a work accident and we do not have all the information yet. I will let you know Lynn, I am his sister

          • Posted by Anon on

            So, so sorry for your loss.

    • Posted by Renee Finton on

      Tony was my brother and this breaks my heart

  4. Posted by Mark Galbraith on

    This place is a death trap due to grossly incompetent upper and lower management, I was fired for a near fatal incident which the person that caused it still works there!

    • Posted by Jeremy on

      If you would like to elaborate a little more you can reach out and contact me on FB “Jeremy Finton”

    • Posted by Andre dee on

      You are right !

  5. Posted by Ron Dion on

    Sincere condolences to the family.

  6. Posted by Sherry DeLong on

    I have a husband that works there and it only brings you down to reality,,, the dangerous work they continue to do when something terrible like this happens,,,,, my condolences to the family and friends my heart hurts for you❤️🙏🏻😇

  7. Posted by Benoit Robichaud on

    My sympathies to the family and all co-worker…very sad

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