Soon enough the newly incorporated company had taken full exploratory measures towards this operation when a series of explorations had taken place. On May, 1958, the company had first started things off by drilling off a diamond drill hole known as E-30 on claim S102172 , that was driven on a 90 degree angle for a distance of 203 feet. Within this time period the company had also constructed a mill tailings pipe line that connected the mill with the shoreline of strike lake. More so this pipe line became constructed to discharge tailings, and to outline the groups of claims that the Northspan Uranium Mines Limited had owned. Before this pipe line could be constructed, the company would have to go under their own surveying procedures to determine where it would be engineered within this time period. During this time the company would also place full scale construction phases towards its milling operation that was being engineered. Most of this development phase was also being conducted on the north shoreline of central Quirke Lake Milling within this production business would be officially in operation by 1958, when the mill had its own capacity of 3,000 tons of ore per a day. As drilling within this claim became completed by the end of 1958, the company it self would estimate a total reserve of 4,280,000 tons of uranium oxide ore that graded 2.1 Lbs. per a tonne of ore processed, Another historical change would be completed when the Northspan Uranium Mines Limited had merge with Algom Mines Limited, to form the Rio Algom Mines Limited. Much of this whole entire merge would end up expanding the Panel Uranium Mine workings into the Algom's Quirke Uranium Mine Project. The first of these shafts was sunken to a depth of 1,800 feet, while the No. 2 shaft was reaching its own depth of 1,250 feet. Further so company officials had additionally connected the two shaft operations by an incline that was 2,733 feet long and had expanded from one shaft to another.
The shafts themselves are rather known to be located on two different islands that are determined as the No.1 and No. 2 islands. In 1959, the company and its team of hard working crew members had also commenced surveying procedures from June 1st to October, 28, 1959. Within this time period the company had also hoisted another large amount of uranium ore that totalled 6,087,766 tons. Much of this uranium content was rather broken down from the stopes, and taken from further development procedures. Further so the company would also end up milling a huge amount of ore that totalled 6,090,67t tons that had its own recovery average of 94.2%. Even the grade of this ore was pretty high when the company was producing 2.30 pounds of uranium oxide material per a tonne.
Within 1958, the company would face its first crucial mining accident when a Canadian by the name of Theodore Oulette was struck by fallen ground in the No.6-27 stope section. He was rather known as a Canadian that was 45, and married with two kids at the time. More so the Northspan Uranium Mines Ltd. would hire Mr. Oulette as a machineman on May,31, 1958. The No. 6-27 stope raise was considered to be normal raise section that had its own height of 6 feet by 8 feet wide. Much of this raise section was rather believed to have been driven from the mines 6th level to the 5th level of the Panel Uranium Mine project. Further so the 6th mine level is reported to have been opened up on the mines 1,900 foot level, and the No. 6-27 raise was believed to have been located 80 feet up the 10 degree ore dip. Within this time period, the company's day crew had additionally drilled, blasted, and slashed a 10 round raise section around this stope section. By that time the company's shift boss had told Oulette and A. Roy about the work that was accomplished by the day crew. As the two entered these workings, they soon found that this area was way to gasey from all the blasting as the day crew didn't proceed with air blowing methods. As this became evident the two workers would start their own air blowing method when they had blown air for nearly 2 hours. By 6pm, Roy, and Oulette would now commence scaling, and the washing procedures on the previously drilled and blasted sections. But more dangers soon had taken place when the scaling wasn't considered to have been fully secured for mucking procedures. So nevertheless, the two would secure this section by placing eye bolts at the top of the muck pile before commencing mucking stages. Once these stages had started to take place, the two miners would not conduct any scaling procedures till this muck was cleared out. Within no time the two miners had thought that the workings had been thoroughly scaled to set up drilling equipment for more extraction procedures. More so their own shift boss, Mr. Richert, had visited the working at around 7pm, and found Oulette and Roy scraping the workings of the No. 6-27 stope raise. All mining procedures soon became halted when they went to check on things at the face section. After 9:20 pm, the two miners were back at work when they started drilling a round on the face section. At the time Roy was rather known to have been drilling on the right side close to the east wall, and Oulette had also been drilling towards the center line of the raise when two rock came flying down from the workings. One of these rocks that weighted less 100 pounds had struck Roy making him loose his balance, and pinning him to the east wall. Another rock that measured 4 by 6 feet had stuck Oulette, and soon pinned him to the floor with his Jackleg Drill below him. The impact of this rock that hit Oulette, had instantly killed him. As the body became brought up to the surface, the fatality was soon indicated as sever chest cavity bleeding, and had indicated several broken ribs.
In 1959, the company was rather going through another devastating accident when a man by the name of Rowland Ellis had been struck by fallen ground. He was considered to be a 25 year old man that was married but had no kids at the time of his fatality. Mr. Ellis was also employed a month prior to his sever accident that left him dead for good, and had a total of 5 years experience in the mining industry. Nevertheless, much of this had occurred on a newly developed stope section known as the No. 8-128 stope. In general this stope was rather opened up by a massive pilot opening that became driven from the 8th level, and connect with the 7th level. Much of this geological formation was rather considered to be flat, and had been situated on the mines 1,300 foot section. The ore-body within this location was also noted to be anywhere from 10 to 12 feet thick. Almost all stoping procedures within the No. 8-128 stope became first constructed by the entry point of the No. 8-2E zone. On October, 29, 1959, the day crew had soon proceeded with further drilling on two slashes when 25 holes became put down on both slashes, and would soon be loaded with blasting powder. Each of the 48 holes had also been jumbo drilled by rounds, and had been aim at the No. 8-2 E Drift section, and the No. 218 stope section. Much of this whole entire blast section would also provide the company with a good amount of broken down muck, and had also developed a fresh face, and back for scaling, and roof-bolting procedures. Their very own shift boss, W. Mannette, had place a crew of three men to rock-bolt the No. 8-208 stope section but later re-located them to work the No. 8-128 stope raise. By no time, the crew was able to rock-bolt the newly exposed back sections on the No. 8-2 E drift section, and the No. 8-314 stope. But the crew of three soon had face other problems when they couldn't rock-bolt the No. 8-218 stope section as the muck was to close to the back. During this time period, Mr. Mannette had also advised his own mucking crew to scrape the section, and haul the muck by a shuttle car. Within no time the whole entire area was officially scraped, and a small amount of loose rock was noted by Mr. Mannette when he inspected this area. In addition this would soon move the rock-bolters back in place when the No. 218 stope was now ready to be bolted in. At around 9:30 am the working we're re-inspected by the mine captain known as G.Aaltonen. He would also instruct the crew of muckers to remove a large piece of rock off to the side of the secondary breaking. More so the No.218 stope was soon cleared away from all the muck, and had now been scraped by a Landis Ramp that swung around. As this procedure took place the heavy piece of machinery would scale out most of the loose section but would leave the back that was already bolted. After 1pm the mucking crew was rather hard at work when the shifter, who was known as Ladouceur, had brought in two drillers, Rowland Ellis, and Owen Hester. Nevertheless, the two men soon became assigned their drilling locations when they we're both put to work on the No. 8-128 stope. Mr. Ellis by this time had ask Bergeron what the total ore count was for the muck that was being taken from the stope section. He also would talk to Mr. Bergeron about the drilling procedures on the newly developed No. 8-218 stope. Once this had occurred he would move off to the side of the ramp as he was busy hanging up the water hoes to hoes down the scraped muck. Within seconds a massive section of rock had fallen on Mr. Ellis, and two other crew members that covered their hole bodies. At the time Mr. Racine, who was working on the Landis Platform soon had witness this massive rock fall that pinned Mr. Ellis and the two miners to the floor. Further so this massive piece of rock was considered to be 12 by 4 feet wide, and 6inches thick. As it came falling down it would break into five medium size chunks after sinking the man down into the floor. Within minutes of this happening, another shift boss known as Mr. T. Zaremba, had rush to the scene, and started forming his own mine rescue team. These three men soon had been carefully removed in basket stretchers, and raised to the surface from the No. 1 Service Shaft. Once the men became brought up to the surface, Mr Ellis had suffered from his injuries as he had internal injuries, and a broken back. Mr. Hester would obtain sever injuries when he had a broken right arm, and compacted Vertebrae, and Mr. Ladouceur had a fractured skull, and was suffering from sever shock. Both of these men we're soon transported to the St. Joesphs hospital, In Elliot Lake, Ontario Canada, where Mr. Ladouceur was than transported to another hospital.
By the following year in 1960, the Rio Algom Mines Limited had underwent more expansion phases towards the Panel Uranium Mine Project Zone. These expanding phases had soon connected the No. 1 island with the main shoreline by using a development procedure known as the Causeway procedure. Company officials from the Rio Algom Mines Limited would also construct further development towards the underground working of this mining operations. Much of this whole entire development phases had soon engineered 5,200 feet of drifting, 6,879 feet of crosscutting, and 24,018 feet of raising. By this time the mining operation was exceeding a huge amount of lateral development footage towards this production, that totalled 34,787 feet of drifting, 26,110 feet of crosscutting, and 59,923 feet of raising. Even new installation had soon taken place as the Rio Algom Mines Limited would additionally add a water softener towards ita boiler feed line, that followed by the installation of a service incline, and its own 110,000 gallon storage container for the water pumping system. All production from this mine had slowly started to perform at rapid pace, when the company would hoist a total of 1,137,087 tons of ore bearing material, Even mill processing procedures had also increased when a total of 1,133,087 tons was milled at an average rate of 3,098 tons on daily basis. By this time the company it self had a huge amount of employees that soon totalled 711 miners towards its production business.
In 1961, all mining operations within the panel mine had continued to expand this operation when a huge amount of lateral development that totalled 1,691 feet of drifting, 173 feet of crosscutting, and 7,813 feet of raising was done. More so the company, and its hardworking miners would also start to expand several levels within this mining operation. The No. 1 level became further driven when a total of 566 feet of crosscutting, and 481 feet of raising was done. Far more development was also escalated on the No. 1 A level, that only had 63 feet of raising done on it. By this time the company would also take steps in expanding the No. 2 level zone when it was opened up; by 1,494 feet of drifting, 0 feet of crosscutting, and 1,350 feet of raising. Another level known as the No. 3 zone was also experiencing construction phase when3,921 feet of drifting, 535 feet of crosscutting, and 4,507 feet of raising was done. Further expanding phases would also commence on the No. 4 level, that was opened up by 7,260 feet of drifting, 5,890 feet of crosscutting, and 11,914 feet of raising. Within this time period the company would also open up the No. 5 level when a total of 6,289 feet of drifting, 3,479 feet of crosscutting, and 13,881 feet of raising was done. By this time the No. 6 level zone had also achieved its own development footage that totalled 6,002 feet of drifting, 4,388 feet of crosscutting, and 13,700 feet of raising. The No. 7 level was also producing a good amount of ore when it had its own development footage of 2,679 feet of drifting, 518 feet of crosscutting, and 3,529 feet of raising. More so the Rio Algom Mines Limited would continue its own development when the No. 8 level was opened up by 4,976 feet of drifting, 559 feet of crosscutting, and 7,435 feet of raising. Another level known as the No. 9 zone was also experiencing its own expanding phases when the company would develop this area with 554 feet of drifting, 1,995 feet of crosscutting, and 7,366 feet of raising. Almost all mine development procedures would also open up the No. 12 level, when the company's workforce had constructed 1,490 feet of drifting, 7,125 feet of crosscutting, and 4,229 feet of raising. As mining operations started to expand further, it would soon include 11 producing levels that had a total development footage of 36,478 feet of drifting, 26,283 feet of crosscutting, and 67,733 feet of raising.
As development continued to take place the company would also hoist another large amount of ore bearing material. Generally this whole entire hoisting procedure would end up totalling 602,724 tonnes from the mine workings. Most of this ore was also taken from broken down stopes, and its own development procedures that were taking place within 1961. During that time period, the company would also process and treat a huge amount of ore that totalled 607,218 tonnes. Production from this milling phase would have its own recovery grade of 94.1 %, from 2.1 Lbs. of uranium oxide. All of this production was taken from a tonne of material that was produced within the company's milling facility. Nevertheless, the milling facility was also operating at a rapid pace when it was increased to 3,355 tons of ore per a day. Even the main workings started to become extended towards the Lancor, Nordic, Lake Nordic, and the Spanish American Mine Sites. Further explorations had soon take place when the company started conducting their own diamond drilling program. This whole entire drilling phase would end up establishing 456 holes, that totalled 10,435 feet of core sample from underground. In addition the company was also considered to have a far more less employment rate within 1961, as the mine only had 271 miners. All mining operations at the Panel Uranium Mine would soon seize on June, 1961, as the mine was rather running out of ore bearing material.