Baffinland charged with violating Nunavut’s mine safety laws

Sixteen charges stem from fatal rock truck crash at Mary River mine in December 2018

A rock truck is seen at Baffinland’s Mary River mine. The company faces 16 charges under Nunavut’s Mine Health and Safety Act from a rock truck crash that killed one worker in December 2018. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

Baffinland Iron Mines Inc. faces 16 charges under Nunavut’s Mine Health and Safety Act, stemming from a rock truck crash at the Mary River mine that killed one worker in December 2018.

The Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission filed the charges in the Nunavut Court of Justice on Dec. 5.

According to a news release issued by the commission, the charges include failing to supervise, instruct and train as is necessary to protect the health and safety of workers and failing to provide and maintain healthy and safe worksites.

“The WSCC reminds all employers that their legislated worksite responsibilities include taking every reasonable measure and precaution to protect the health and safety of employees and all other people at the work site,” states the news release.

“This includes making sure that all workers and supervisors receive the training, instruction and supervision necessary to ensure the safety of workers and the worksite, and to have and maintain an occupational health and safety program that is current and relevant to the potential hazards at their worksite.”

A first court appearance for the case is scheduled for Jan. 9, 2020, in Iqaluit.

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(3) Comments:

  1. Posted by Glenn Morin on

    And what happened with the death, at the Mary River Mine, in approx. 2016?
    Did any supervisors or mine officials get fined or better yet jail time?
    What about the mine safety inspector from the Territories?
    What about the huge turnover rate at the mine?
    There is alot of unanswered questions abour this operation and what is & has been going on up there.

  2. Posted by Alain Savoie on

    Im interest to drive a Rock Truck,im a drive here a twin steer..im ready to work now.

  3. Posted by More To Come on

    It used to be that, in order to become a mine safety inspector, you had to have had experience both as a worker in a mine and as a supervisor in a mine.
    Most mine safety inspectors were old guys with decades of experience.
    They changed the law so that “mine safety inspectors” no longer have to have actual mining experience.
    Welcome to mining in Canada.
    It would be a joke, if it was not so tragic.

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