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Fatality leads to charges against Corner Brook, N.L. company

Atlantic Mineral's Lower Cove quarry on the Port au Port Peninsula.
Atlantic Mineral's Lower Cove quarry on the Port au Port Peninsula. - File photo


Atlantic Minerals and a company supervisor have been charged with violations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations with regards to a fatality that occurred at Corner Brook-based company’s quarry operation on the Port au Port Peninsula in July 2018.

The charges were announced by Service NL on Friday, July 3.

The employee suffered fatal injuries while performing maintenance on a conveyor.

Atlantic Minerals is facing 10 charges that allege the company failed to provide and maintain the necessary equipment and systems that are safe for its workers; to provide the necessary instruction, training and supervision to its workers; to ensure that its OHS program contained appropriate written work procedures to implement its OHS Program at the site; to ensure that all machinery and equipment was capable of safely performing the functions for which they were used or intended; to ensure that safe work procedures were followed; to ensure that work procedures promote the safe interaction of workers and their work environment; to ensure that a conveyor had an emergency stopping system; to ensure that the energy source to machinery or equipment that could cause injury was isolated and effectively controlled; and to ensure that where machinery or equipment is shut down for maintenance that no work is done until the energy isolating devices have been locked out.

The supervisor has been charged with two counts that allege he failed to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all workers under his supervision; and to provide the proper written or oral instructions regarding precautions to be taken for the protection of all workers under his supervision.

The company and supervisor will make their first appearance in provincial court in Stephenville on July 20.



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