Man seriously injured in mining incident

The Ministry of Labour is investigating an incident at a gypsum mine near Hagersville last week that seriously injured a worker.Haldimand OPP report two men were working underground at the Canadian Gypsum Corp. facility on Third Line on Thursday when a large slab of rock fell on them. One of the workers – aged 27 and a resident of Haldimand  — was trapped underneath.Employees nearby rushed to the scene and extricated him from the rubble. Haldimand paramedics transported the man to an out-of-town hospital with life-threatening injuries.The other worker – a male aged 23 and also a resident of Haldimand – was treated for his injuries at West Haldimand General Hospital.The incident was reported to police and paramedics around 2:45 p.m. The Ministry of Labour has taken over the investigation.“Ministry of Labour inspectors investigate all workplace fatalities and injury incidents which raise matters of immediate potential threat to life, limb or health,” Janet Deline, a spokesperson for the ministry, said in an email Friday.“During the investigation process, inspectors may examine the incident location and any equipment involved, interview witnesses such as co-workers, supervisors, employers and anyone else the inspectors determine might have relevant information and may request assistance from the professional staff of the ministry.“The length of any investigation will depend on the complexities of the case.”MSonnenberg@postmedia.com

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