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Worker injury results in $110,000 fine for mine contracting company

DCN-JOC News Services
Worker injury results in $110,000 fine for mine contracting company

TORONTO — Cementation Canada Inc. has been convicted and fined $110,000 after a worker fell from a raised platform and was injured at a mine in Matachewan, Ont.

According to a court bulletin, the Toronto-based underground mine contracting and engineering firm with offices in North Bay and Sudbury, failed to ensure a fall arrest system was used at the workplace to protect workers exposed to a fall greater than three metres. Following a guilty plea in the Ontario Court of Justice in Kirkland Lake, the conviction was issued Sept. 26.

The incident occurred at Young Davidson Mine on Jan. 27, 2021.  A worker employed by Cementation Canada Inc. was at the mine on a raise climber nest, which is a work platform used to blast and drill a large tunnel or opening (raise) that is mined upward.

The worker was washing this equipment when they fell through an opening designed to allow the climber to leave the nest. The worker fell 4.09 metres to the ground and suffered multiple injuries. Although they were wearing a full body harness, they were not tied to the fall protection system at the time of the incident.

Cementation Canada Inc. pleaded guilty to contravening Section 25(1)(c) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act by failing, as an employer, to ensure that the measures and procedures required by Section 14(1) of Ontario Regulation 854 were carried out, stated the court bulletin.

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