Mine, Supervisors Fined C$170,000 for Rock Fall Injuries

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May 13 — An Ontario mining company and two supervisors have been fined a total of C$170,000 ($133,000) for safety violations after one worker suffered critical injuries and another suffered minor injuries due to falling rock.

The Ontario Court of Justice May 12 assessed fines totaling C$156,250 ($121,875) against J.S. Redpath Ltd. after finding the company guilty of failing to ensure that a worker was properly trained, failing to ensure that a work area was examined by a supervisor during each work shift and failing to properly supervise workers, the Ontario Ministry of Labour said May 12.

The company violated Sections 11(2) and 63(1) of Ontario Regulation 854 (Mines and Mining Plants Regulation) and Sections 25(1)(c), 25(2)(a) and 27(2)(c) of the province's Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Charges were filed after an August 2013 incident at Goldcorp Inc.’s underground gold mine in Red Lake, Ontario, operated by Redpath, in which two workers were struck by falling rock while being transported by a mechanized raise climber to the rock face being mined, the ministry said in a statement. It took mine personnel about three hours to rescue the workers, it said.

The court fined mine superintendent Philip Parrott C$6,000 ($4,700) for failing to ensure that a supervisor was in place to oversee the work and shift supervisor Robert Beldock C$5,000 ($3,900) for failing to be at the work area, and both for failing to ensure that workers used safety nets to protect against falling rock.

To contact the reporter on this story: Peter Menyasz in Ottawa at correspondents@bna.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Larry Pearl at lpearl@bna.com