Mining Company Pleads Guilty after Worker Is Run Over by Own Vehicle


A 20-year-old mine worker drove a Toyota Landcruiser into the mine to deliver a piece of equipment to a co-worker. Part way down the steep ramp, he came upon another vehicle blocking his way. He stopped his truck, put it into neutral, applied the emergency brake and walked down the ramp toward the other vehicle. But the emergency brake failed and his vehicle rolled down the slope, striking him from behind. He died from internal injuries. The mining company pleaded guilty to two safety violations relating to the unsafe operation of a vehicle. A date for sentencing will be set on Sept. 16 [Procon Mining and Tunnelling, Aug. 3, 2011].