Mine Penalized $80,000 for Worker’s Broken Foot & Ankle

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An attachment tore away from a dryer, causing the equipment and hoist to fall. As a result, a worker suffered broken bones in his ankle and foot. The employer pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the hoist was operated in accordance with the appropriate standards and regulatory sections and to provide the information, instruction, training and supervision necessary to ensure workers’ health and safety. The court fined it $60,000, ordered it to pay $20,000 to Threads of Life and required a company official to present to an OHS conference the details of a safety case currently being developed by the company [Wabush Mines, Govt. News Release, July 26, 2011].