Worker dies in vehicle mishap at Nunavut iron mine
Baffinland’s Mary River mine suffers second death since 2015
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.