Baffinland charged with violating Nunavut’s mine safety laws
Sixteen charges stem from fatal rock truck crash at Mary River mine in December 2018
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.