Contractor Killed In Mishap At McArthur River Mine

Tuesday, October 24, 2006 at 14:22



Workers at the McArthur River uranium mine are trying to come to grips with an incident that has claimed the life of a contractor.


A 46-year-old man from Regina was killed there yesterday in an industrial accident.


According to Cameco spokesman Gord Struthers, the unidentified victim was part of a three-man crew working with a high pressure pipe and was struck on the head.


First aid was provided immediately, and the man was taken to the on-site medical clinic, but he succumbed to his injuries. A medevac had been arranged, but the man died before the plane arrived.


An autopsy has been ordered.


Occupational Health and Safety is continuing an investigation — as is Cameco.


Grief counsellors will be arriving at the mine today.


This is the first time a worker has been killed in an industrial accident at McArthur River, and Struthers says for a company that prides itself on the safety of its mine sites, this is the worst possible scenario.


The McArthur River mine is owned by Cameco, but the victim was an employee of Robwell Constructors Limited Partnership.