By Angela Gemmill

A 47-year old miner is dead after a workplace accident at Vale’s Coleman Mine in Levack.

The company say the employee was working at the 4215-foot level yesterday afternoon when material from a development heading displaced.

He was brought to surface and pronounced dead by medical personnel.

The name of the victim has not been released however he had 16-years experience with the mining company.

Vale has temporarily suspended operations at all Sudbury mines and will hold a media briefing later this morning in Copper Cliff.

In a release to the media, the company says it’s “saddened and devastated by the loss of this employee” and “deepest sympathies and prayers go out to the employee’s family and everyone who knew and worked with him.”

Greater Sudbury Police, the Ministry of Labour, Vale and United Steelworkers Local 6500 are all investigating the accident.

This is the third worker to die at Vale’s Sudbury operations in less than a year, after two miners were killed last June at Stobie Mine.

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