IOC, company supervisor charged with occupational health, safety violations

Published on April 30, 2013
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Ty Dunham

The Iron Ore Co. of Canada (IOC) and one of its supervisors have been charged with violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations in relation to a fatality at the Labrador City mine site on April 19, 2011.

The charges are the result of an investigation by the provincial government's occupational  health and safety branch.

Details of the charges were outlined in a news release today from Service Newfoundland and Labrador.

 The incident involved an employee of a contractor hired to install poles and related equipment for a new power line at the site and occurred while the victim was working from one pole of the new line, located in close proximity to an existing energized power line.

 The company has been charged with six violations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations which are as follows:

    • Alleged failure as a principal contractor to ensure that employers performing work comply with the legislation;

    • Alleged failure as an employer to ensure those not under its employ are protected from hazards;

    • Alleged failure to ensure that the worker in charge appropriately isolated, grounded and locked out the part of the high voltage power system being worked on;

    • Alleged failure to ensure that de-energized high voltage electrical equipment was differentiated from similar energized equipment at the work location;

    • Alleged failure to ensure that at least the minimum distance existed between exposed, energized high voltage electrical equipment and a worker;    •    And, alleged failure to ensure an effective communication system existed between the person in charge and the workers doing the work.

 In addition, an IOC supervisor has been charged with an alleged failure to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all workers under his supervision and not advising of the hazards likely to be met, the precautions to be taken, and ensuring the appropriate protective equipment or devices were used or worn.

 The first appearance for both is scheduled for May 23 at provincial court in Wabush.