MARATHON, ON — The Ontario labour ministry has laid charges in connection with a workplace fatality at a Hemlo-area mine last year.
Troy Cameron, 48, of Marathon died in an industrial accident at the Barrick gold mine on the evening of July 14, 2021.
Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Williams Operating Corporation has been charged with failing to provide information, instruction and supervision to a worker "regarding the post-power outage reset of underground vent doors," according to the ministry.
It has also been charged with failing to ensure equipment, materials and protective devices are maintained in good condition, and in particular that the company failed to ensure door controls were installed and maintained as designed.
The ministry also alleges that the company failed to ensure a warning light system was maintained in good condition.
A second company, Barminco Mining Services Canada Limited, has been charged with failing to provide information, instruction and supervision to a worker to protect the health or safety of a worker, specifically by failing to provide information, instruction and supervision regarding the post-power outage reset function of underground vent doors.
The charges have not been proven in court.
The matter has been adjourned to Oct. 28, 2022 in the Ontario Court of Justice in Thunder Bay.