CABO Drilling (Atlantic) Corp. has been charged in connection with an incident March 11, 2011, when a worker suffered severe burns to his face and hands when the drilling machine he was operating caught fire.
In a news release today, Service NL said the company has been charged with eight violations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations.
The incident occurred at the Duck Pond Mine Site, approximately 80 km from Badger.
The company is alleged to have failed as an employer to provide a safe workplace, as well as ensuring workers are made familiar with hazards and ensuring that work procedures promote the safe interaction of workers and their work environment.
Other charges relate to ensuring that machine maintenance is done according to the manufacturer’s instructions, machinery is effectively safeguarded to protect workers from the risk of exposure to an energy source and an ignition source is controlled or eliminated where a flammable substance is present.
The first court appearance is scheduled for April 3 at provincial court in Grand Falls-Windsor.