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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

Weekly safety news. Stay in touch with regulations from OSHA, NFPA, and other safety codes. Find out about other companies' best and worst practices. We scour the internet to provide you with helpful training resources and the latest safety information.


Monday, September 23, 2013

Safety News From Around The World - Record Fine In Canada


A regular feature summarizing workplace safety news.

We scan newspapers, magazines and the internet for safety news that isn't being reported elsewhere. The following are links to safety-related news and articles that came out during the past week. If you have international safety news, safety tips, or suggestions send them to: duralabelpro@gmail.com.


Ontario Ministry of Labour Sets Record Breaking Fine Against Mining Company

The Ontario Ministry of Labour has fined Vale Canada Ltd. a record setting $1,050,000 as a result of the deaths of two workers in a Sudbury, Ontario, mine two years ago.  In addition, the labor ministry said that a 25% per cent victim fine surcharge was imposed against Vale Canada by the court. The surcharge goes to fund a provincial victim-assistance fund.

OHS Canada reports that the workers were transferring muck -- broken rock and ore -- through a transfer gate roughly 900 metres underground in the Stobie mine when the accident happened.
Although there was a protected area to operate the transfer point, the men had to stand in front of the gate in order to view the movement of muck and use a remote control. An uncontrolled run of muck suddenly burst through the gate, burying one miner and hitting another -- both employees died from massive crushing injuries and multiple blunt force trauma.

Read the article in OHS Canada

Union Demands Criminal Charges Against Vale Canada

In letters sent to Ontario's Attorney General and the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is demanding answers explaining why the Canadian managers of Vale Canada Ltd. were not criminally charged for the deaths of two miners buried after the company ignored documented concerns and violated safety standards.

In 2003, the Criminal Code was amended through Bill C-45 to hold employers criminally liable for the deaths of workers. - See more at: http://www.safety-reporter.com/articleview/18878-criminal-charges-needed-in-2011-vale-mine-deaths-ofl#sthash.KmM52QTc.dpuf
In letters sent to Ontario's Attorney General and Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, the OFL is demanding answers as to why the Canadian managers of Brazilian mining giant Vale were not criminally charged for the deaths of two miners buried by a "run of muck" after the company ignored documented concerns and violated safety standards. - See more at: http://www.safety-reporter.com/articleview/18878-criminal-charges-needed-in-2011-vale-mine-deaths-ofl#sthash.KmM52QTc.dpuf
In 2003, the Canadian criminal Code was amended to hold employers criminally liable for the deaths of workers.

Read the article here.


Related past posts:
Deadly Ammonia Leak In China
World Safety News - Workers Don't Understand Safety Rules
Accident Rate Goes Up After Holidays

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