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Sudbury mining company in court over 2018 incident that injured three

Glencore Canada and supervisor face charges after 10-month ministry investigation
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Glencore will be appearing in a Sudbury court on May 10 to answer to five charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHS) stemming from a May 9, 2018 incident that injured three workers at its Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations.

Greater Sudbury Police said at the time they received a call about the accident at around 9 p.m. on May 9.

A 56-year-old man was transported to hospital in critical condition and a 55-year-old man and 46-year-old man were treated by paramedics for non-life threatening injuries.

After a Ministry of Labour investigation, charges were laid Feb. 15 2019 against the Sudbury mining company, as an employer, and against an individual supervisor, according to ministry spokesperson Tristan Austin.

Under Regulation 854/90, concerning mines and mining plants under the OHS Act, Glencore is charged with failing to ensure workers were provided with information, instruction and supervision for the task of transferring sulfuric acid from rail car to tanker truck.

The incident occurred in an undisclosed area inside the company’s operations in Falconbridge.

A charge was also laid against an individual supervisor for failing to ensure that a worker uses or wears the equipment, protective devices or clothing that is required to be worn.