A recent accident at Lalor Mine has been investigated, but is unlikely to cause any change with Hudbay’s marquee mine.
In late August, a ground fall was reported at the mine, located near Snow Lake. No injuries were reported and the incident was reported to the mines branch of the Manitoba Ministry of Growth, Enterprise and Trade.
“The mines branch process was followed as by nature it was a reportable incident. In any incident, we would conduct a full investigation and if the facts of the incident require changes or course corrections, we take them,” said Scott Brubacher, director of corporate communications for Hudbay.
In the formative years of mining in northern Manitoba, ground falls were common. Today, provincial regulations mandate that mining companies provide measures to prevent loose material falls and to keep workers safe in case of failure. These include installing canopies over equipment used underground, along with overhead protection designed to keep any rock or stray materials from injuring workers.
According to Brubacher, the ground fall incident is unlikely to bring any changes at Lalor Mine, emphasizing that no injuries were reported.
“The scale of any change would depend on the facts in any particular situation,” he said.