Mine Charged with Safety Violations for Young Worker’s Death

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A mining company was charged with eight safety violations in connection with an incident involving a young apprentice mechanic, who died after an SUV he parked on a steep underground incline rolled downhill and hit him from behind. He’d engaged the emergency brake but left the vehicle in neutral. The charges accuse the mine of failing to ensure the vehicle’s emergency brake was in proper working order, inspect the vehicle within its 250-hour maintenance schedule, identify the vehicle as unsafe for use, ensure the worker had proper training on the SUV and was properly supervised [Procon Mining and Tunnelling, Canadian Press, Oct. 12, 2010].