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Province reschedules inquest into 2015 mining death

Richard Pigeau was killed at Nickel Rim South
Nickel Rim Mine
Glencore's Nickel Rim South Mine

The province has rescheduled an inquest into the 2015 mining-related death of Richard Pigeau in Sudbury.

Pigeau died on Oct. 15, 2015 from injuries sustained while working at Glencore’s Nickel Rim South Mine. An inquest into the fatality is mandatory under the Coroners Act.

Originally scheduled for April 2020, the inquest was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pigeau died after he was thrown from, and run over by, an underground vehicle.

In 2017, Glencore was fined $200,000 for the incident, after pleading guilty to failing as an employer to provide information, instruction and supervision to a worker to protect the safety of the worker, contrary to the Occupational Health and Safety Act, specifically to failing to provide sufficient information regarding the use of the seatbelt while operating a load haul dump (LHD).

The purpose of the inquest is to examine the circumstances surrounding Mr. Pigeau’s death. Once all parties with standing have the opportunity to present their information and ask questions of the witnesses, the jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing future deaths from occurring in similar circumstances.

The inquest is expected to last five days and hear from 14 witnesses.

The inquest will start at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, at the Sudbury Courthouse, Courtroom A, 155 Elm Street. Dr. David Cameron will be the presiding officer and Jeffrey Martin will be inquest counsel.