Sudbury worker injured. Mining company fined $75,000Friday, September 14, 2012 by: SooToday.com Staff
Mining company fined $75,000 after worker injured
SUDBURY - Succession Forage George Downing Ltee./George Downing Estate Drilling Limited, a Quebec mining company, was fined $75,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.
On January 18, 2011, workers were drilling at the Shakespeare Nickel Mine, 70 km west of Greater Sudbury.
One of the workers was operating the controls of a drill when part of the worker's clothes got caught in the drill's rotating rod.
The worker was pulled into the rotating rod and severely injured.
A Ministry of Labour investigation found that while there was a guard in place on the drill it did not entirely prevent access to the drill's moving parts.
Succession Forage George Downing Ltee./George Downing Estate Drilling Limited pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the rotating rod of the drill was properly guarded.
The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Lori-Ann Toulouse.
In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-percent victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act.
The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.
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opinionated 9/14/2012 5:12:54 PM Report
You should NEVER be injured at work, period. Whether it takes twice as long or is twice as costly, an injury - or worse a life - is priceless.
Unfortunately, things have to be designed for the dumbest person - not saying this person was at fault, but that's just the way things are now with safety: to prevent that one stupid accident.
Timbob 9/15/2012 8:22:40 AM Report
Yes, we all hope no one ever gets injured at work - or anywhere for that matter.
But, there's a reason the word exists in the Webster dictionary - ACCIDENT "a : an unforeseen and unplanned event or circumstance, b : lack of intention or necessity"
I don't know the details of this particular "accident", but we shouldn't assume that every single time someone gets hurt that it was intentional or could have been prevented. "Accidents" do happen. In life, at home, at work. If we all want to be 100.0% safe all the time, then we should never get out of bed in the morning.
The witch hunt that goes on today by government busy-bodies, who insist on laying blame every single time there's an injury at work is ridiculous.