Worker killed at uranium mine site

  • Feb. 23, 2011 5:00 p.m.

A 54-year-old employee of an Aldergrove drilling company was killed in a northern Saskatchewan mining accident Monday morning.The unnamed employee of DJ Drilling (2004) Ltd. died when the D-6 Cat bulldozer he was operating fell through ice into 60 feet of water at Cree Lake at the CanAlaska Uranium Mine.Police said the accident occurred at about 9 a.m., Feb. 21, when the victim was clearing snow off a patch of ice.Two RCMP officers chartered a plane to the mine site from the nearest detachment at Buffalo Narrows, which is 600 kilometres southwest of Cree Lake by road.The man’s body has been recovered and sent to Prince Albert for an autopsy. His name will not be released by RCMP until they have notified next of kin in B.C. and Alberta.Crews were working on a planned $3.58 million 18-hole winter drilling program. However, operations have been suspended at this site until further notice, said Peter Dasler, President and CEO of CanAlaska.The investigation is being conducted by RCMP, Occupational Health and Safety and the Coroner’s Office.