|A roundup of important new legislation, regulations, court cases and board rulings that we covered in 2013 in the OHS Insider newsletter.
CASE OF THE YEAR
Guilty Pleas in Death of Young Mechanic in Mine
A 25-year-old mechanic died after being buried under 70 tonnes of rock while he and co-workers were servicing equipment in an underground mine. The other workers weren’t seriously hurt. According to the agreed statement of facts, an expert concluded that the mine’s safety program wasn’t “’robust or comprehensive enough for the type of operation or high hazard environment.” The mine owner and the contractor who employed the mechanic pleaded guilty to safety offences. The mine agreed to pay a $150,000 fine [Yukon Zinc Corp. and Procon Mining and Tunnelling, Nov. 14, 2012].
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