Wabush Mines charged under Occupational Health and Safety Act

Staff ~ The Telegram
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The Department of Government Services announced today that Wabush Mines has been charged with alleged violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act in relation to an accident that occurred in June 2008.
According to a news release, one worker received injuries when an attachment on a dryer feeder that was being lifted tore away, causing the equipment and hoist to fall. The charges are the result of an investigation by the Occupational Health and Safety Branch.
The company has been charged with five violations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act which relate generally to its failure as an employer. These violations are for not using the hoist according to manufacturer's instructions and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, not ensuring equipment used was capable of safely performing its function, not ensuring equipment was being maintained in a safe condition, and not providing the information and training necessary to ensure the safety of workers.
The first appearance for the company is scheduled for July 20 at provincial court in Wabush.

Organizations: Government Services, Occupational Health and Safety Branch

Geographic location: Wabush

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