(Adds possible cause of accident, names of miners killed)
TORONTO May 6 Two workers at First Nickel Inc's
Lockerby Mine have died in an accident underground at
the Sudbury, Ontario operation, the company said on Tuesday,
bringing the total to six of those killed in area mines in the
past three years.
First Nickel said both workers, Marc Methe, 34, and Norm
Bissaillon, 49, were drillers employed by Taurus Drilling
Services. All underground work at the northern Ontario mine has
The small Canadian mining and exploration company said
seismic activity preceded a "fall of material", and was believed
to have played a role in the accident.
Neither First Nickel nor Taurus Drilling could be reached
Ontario, Canada's most populous province, is in the midst of
a mine safety review, looking at the effectiveness of health and
safety rules, enforcement and prevention in the industry.
The review came after more than a year of lobbying by
families and friends of two men killed in 2011 at another
Sudbury mine, owned by Vale SA, as well labor leaders
and other allies.
The Brazilian miner was hit with a record C$1.05 million
($964,000) fine for that incident last year. It pleaded guilty
to three counts of violating the province's workplace safety
Last month one worker was killed and another was injured at
Vale's Copper Cliff smelter in Sudbury. Another worker was
killed at Vale's Coleman mine in Sudbury in January 2012.
($1 = $1.09 Canadian)
(Reporting by Allison Martell. Additional reporting by Nicole
Mordant in Vancouver.; Editing by David Gregorio, Bernard Orr)