THUNDER BAY – A sixty-four-year-old miner has died as a result of injuries received in an accident underground at the Impala Mine. The male was identified as Edward Gallant, 64 of Dunlop, New Brunswick.
On the 27th of May 2020 at 3:08 pm officers with the Thunder Bay Detachment of the OPP responded to a report of mining incident at the Lac des Iles Impala Canada mine located on Highway 527 north of Thunder Bay.
One male died as a result of injuries he sustained underground. Currently, the OPP, the Ministry of Labour, and the Regional coroner’s office are jointly conducting the investigation.
Update: Statement from Impala Canada:
Erin Satterthwaite, VP Corporate Affairs and Communications, Impala Canada says, “At approximately 2:30 PM on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, an individual, employed by a contractor to LDI, passed away as a result of injuries received in an accident underground. Workers in the area and mine rescue responded, the individual was transported from the LDI mine site via ambulance and was declared deceased by the Superior North Emergency Medical Service. Operations in the area of the accident have been suspended and the area secured.
“We are deeply saddened by this most unfortunate accident. Nothing is more important than the health and safety of everyone at LDI. We extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased. Grief counselling is available for employees and contractors.
“We are working collaboratively with the contracting company, Ontario Provincial Police and the Ontario Ministry of Labour as we investigate this incident.
“Our focus will remain on our community of workers, families and loved ones during this difficult time. Safety remains our number one priority and all COVID-19 pandemic protocols will continue to be strictly followed.”