Calumet Island, QB Mine Cage Accident, Mar 1946


While making his last trip before becoming cage boss, GUY LADOUCEUR, of Campbell's Bay, 34-year-old cage tender at New Calumet Mines Limited, Calumet Island, Que., was almost instantly killed, shortly before three o'clock Sunday morning when struck in the neck by a piece of flying steel. Another occupant of the cage, CECIL MORIN, Fort Coulogne, received a broken ankle.
The accident occurred when LADOUCEUR received a call from the 800-foot level to pick up a man who was ill. At the level he took on a load of steel, and five men. Near the 200-foot level the steel which was protruding through the cage door, caught on the shaft wall. The steel began to crumple and LADOUCEUR was struck by a large drill and pinned between the twisted steel and the wall of the shaft.
One of the men in the cage climbed through a trap door in the roof and by means of the man-walk was able to get up to the 200-foot level. From there he notified the men on the surface what had happened. A skip was sent down and with the use of acetylene torch the cage was released after being stuck in the shaft for more than an hour.
LADOUCEUR died about 25 minutes after being trapped.
Dr. L. P. Renaud, coroner of Campbell's Bay, was summoned and said that it was unlikely that an inquest would be held.
LADOUCEUR is survived by his wife and two sons, Robert, age six, Raymond, age four, and a two-year-old daughter, Marie.

Ottawa Journal Ontario Canada 1946-03-25