Holt Mine Map

Police and the Ministry of Labour are investigating at contractor fatality at the Holt Mine on Highway 101, near the Quebec border Wednesday. (St. Andrew Goldfields Ltd.)

The Ministry of Labour confirms that a 26-year-old contractor who was working at the Holt Mine near Matheson on Wednesday died when a tree struck the bulldozer he was in, killing him. 

The incident happened close to 5 p.m. 

Ontario Provincial Police have identified the victim as Michel Fournier Bolduc, 26, of Rouyn, Quebec. 

Ministry spokesperson Bruce Skeaff said in an email to CBC that the victim was a contractor with Orbit Garant, a mineral drilling company. 

According to Skeaff, it appears that "two workers were on their way out from the mine site with a [bull]dozer, when a tree fell against [it], pinning the worker [and] resulting in fatal injuries."

The Holt Mine is owned by St. Andrew Goldfields Ltd., located east of Matheson on Highway 101 near the Quebec border. 

Skeaff said two inspectors from the Ministry of Labour are continuing the investigation at the site today. 

In a press release, Fournier Bolduc​'s employer, Orbit Garant, had this to say: "The immediate thoughts of management are with the family, friends and co-workers of our colleague. Orbit Garant is offering assistance and support to the individual's family and colleagues."