Jul 11, 2019
Dates for Sudbury inquest into Lockerby Mine deaths set
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A date for the inquest of two men killed at a Sudbury mine five years ago has been set.
Dr. Emily Groot, Regional Supervising Coroner for North Region, Sudbury Office, announced the inquest into the deaths of Normand Bisaillon and Marc Methe will open Sept. 30.
Bisaillon, 49, and Methe, 34, died on May 6, 2014, while working underground at the now-closed Lockerby Mine. An inquest is mandatory under the Coroners Act.
The inquest will examine the circumstances surrounding their deaths. The jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing future deaths.
The inquest is expected to last five days and hear from about 12 witnesses.
The inquest will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 30, at the Northbury Hotel and Conference Centre, 50 Brady St., Sudbury. Dr. Steven Bodley will preside as inquest coroner and Julie Lefebvre will be counsel to the coroner.
Bisaillon and Methe were working for Taurus Drilling Services when they were killed in a fall of ground at Lockerby Mine. First Nickel Ltd. had hired Taurus Drilling for production mining work at Lockerby.
The Ontario Ministry of Labour charged Taurus Drilling and First Nickel under the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Ontario Court Justice David Stone cleared Taurus Drilling, but found First Nickel guilty of six of the eight charges it was facing, including allowing water to accumulate in an underground mine and failing to ensure an effective ground support system was in place.
He fined First Nickel a record $1.3 million, but it was meaningless since the company had gone out of business in 2016 and Lockerby Mine has since closed.
Company officials were not present in court to present a defence in the case.