Mining review update marks grim 5th anniversary
by Carol D Mulligan. The Sudbury Star.
Ontario's chief prevention officer will be in Sudbury on Wednesday to discuss new mining regulations as well as progress on recommendations from the Mining Health, Safety and Prevention Review.
George Gritziotis will speak to reporters on the fifth anniversary of the deaths of Jordan Fram, 26, and Jason Chenier, 35. The men died June 8, 2011at Vale's Stobie Mine when they were overcome by a run of 350 tons of muck.
Investigations showed there was excess water in the 100-year-old Stobie Mine and that warnings about unsafe working conditions given by Chenier, who was a supervisor, were not heeded.
Vale and one of its supervisors faced more than a dozen charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act for infractions relating to excess water and other hazards.
Charges were later dropped against the supervisor, but Vale Canada Ltd. was fined more than $1 million, one of the largest penalties levied against a company for infractions of the act.
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