Mining Company Wants to Settle OHS Charges in Apprentice’s Death

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An apprentice mechanic at a mine was struck and killed by an unoccupied vehicle. The Toyota Land Cruiser was parked on an incline, but its emergency brake failed and the vehicle rolled back. The mine was charged with not providing adequate training and supervision but it wants to plead guilty. Its lawyers told the court they need at least another month to negotiate some kind of settlement, since they and the government want to avoid a long and costly trial. Next court date: April 12 [Procon Mining and Tunnelling Ltd., CBC News, March 16, 2011].