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Glencore faces up to $7.5M fine for 2018 Sudbury incident that injured three

Company faces five charges, while a supervisor is looking at a $100K fine, a year in jail
Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations, a Glencore company. (File)

Glencore Canada Corporation will return to court July 12 to set a date for future appearance.

Represented by lawyer Trevor Courtis, Glencore and one of its supervisors, Jody Pretty, face a number of charges stemming from a May 9 incident last year, where a 56-year-old man who was working at the time was splashed with sulphuric acid. 

He received serious injuries and was transported to hospital in critical condition. Two others were injured when they tried to help the man.

Graeme Adams is representing the Ministry of Labour in this matter. 

Glencore Canada Corporation faces five charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The charges were laid Feb. 15, 2019. 

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, at a workplace in Falconbridge; 
  • ensure the provisions of s. 62.1(2) of Ontario Regulation 854/90 were complied with; 
  • ensure the provisions of s. 56(b) of Ontario Regulation 854/90 were complied with; 
  • ensure the provisions of s. 57 of Ontario Regulation 854/90 were complied with; and 
  • ensure the provisions of s. 185(7) of Ontario Regulation 854/90 were complied with.

Pretty is charged with failing to ensure a worker uses or wears the equipment, protective devices or clothing that the worker's employer requires to be used or worn.

Glencore faces a fine of $1.5 million with each of its five charges, if convicted. Pretty faces a fine of $100,000 and/or up to one year in jail.

The matter returns to the provincial offences court at Tom Davies Square at 9:30 a.m. on July 12.