Mill closed after worker’s death

IGNACE, ONT. — The Ontario Ministry of Labor has issued two workplace orders against Resolute Forest Products following the death Monday night of a worker at the company’s Ignace sawmill.

A department spokeswoman said the unidentified worker who died was employed by Tramin Industrial, of Atikokan.

“As the ministry’s investigation is ongoing, I am unable to provide further details at this time,” Ciara Nardelli said.

Provincial police said the worker died at the scene “despite rescue efforts.” The police were notified shortly before 1 a.m. on Tuesday

On Wednesday, Tramin referred inquiries to Resolute, which said it was also unable to provide details of the accident.

“I cannot provide any additional information about the victim’s profile as we need to ensure that everyone who needed to be made aware of the incident has been contacted,” the Montreal-based Resolute spokesperson said. , Louis Bouchard in an email.

The Highway 17 plant will remain closed “for the next several days,” according to a Resolute press release.

Some locals believe the deceased worker was not from Ignatius. It is believed the worker may have come into contact with a machine, but the company was unable to confirm this on Wednesday.

In the company’s press release, Resolute President Rémi Lalonde said he plans to be at the scene “within the next 24 to 48 hours.”

“As we navigate this tragedy, we are focused on providing all necessary support to the family of the victim, as well as our workers and their families,” Lalonde said in the statement.

“Resolute has contracted additional support and counseling services for all Ignace workers,” Lalonde said.

He added, “We all know that safety is our top priority at Resolute. I can’t stress enough how important this core value is every day, in everything we do.

According to Resolute’s website, about 40 people work at its Ignace operation, which produces 115 million board feet annually. Resolute operates 22 sawmills in Canada and the United States, including two in Thunder Bay and one in Atikokan.