Canadian Nutrien temporarily suspends Saskatchewan mine following fatality

Mark Milam


HOUSTON (ICIS)–Canadian fertilizer major Nutrien temporarily suspended operations at its Rocanville, Saskatchewan, mine after a fatality at the railcar loading facility this past weekend.

The producer is investigating the 19 May incident and cooperating with the review being undertaken by Saskatchewan Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety.

It expects to recommence the potash mine facility, located approximately 250 kilometres east of Regina, on 22 May.

“Following the tragic fatality of one of our colleagues at our Rocanville mine on Sunday, 19 May, authorities have conducted investigations at the site. Nutrien is carrying out its own investigations. We continue to provide support to all those affected by this tragic event,” said Nutrien spokesperson.

The United Steelworkers union (USW) did announce that it was one of their members who was involved but the name has not been released.

“Our community is in mourning over this tragic incident at our mine site and our thoughts go out to the family, friends and our union family who are deeply impacted,” said Derek Palmer, USW Local 7916 president.


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