A Quebec mining company operating in Webbwood, 70 km west of Sudbury, has been fined $75,000 under the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured on site.
On Jan. 18, 2011, workers were drilling at the Shakespeare Nickel Mine, when the clothing of one of the workers operating the controls of a drill got caught in the drill's rotating rod. The worker was pulled into the rotating rod and severely injured.
A Ministry of Labour investigation found that while there was a guard in place on the drill it did not entirely prevent access to the drill's moving parts.
The company pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the rotating rod of the drill was properly guarded.
The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Lori-Ann Toulouse. In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.