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Inquest will examine circumstances surrounding 2014 death of Vale millwright

Paul Rochette, 36, was killed while working at Vale’s Copper Cliff Smelter Complex.
Paul Rochette, 36, was killed on April 6, 2014 at Vale's Copper Cliff Smelter Complex. (File photo)

The province is holding an inquest into the 2014 death of a millwright at Vale’s Copper Cliff Smelter Complex in Sudbury.

Paul Rochette, 36, was killed on April 6, 2014, when he was struck in the head by a pin that broke off a crusher and was released under high pressure.

The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services announced the inquest in a Jan. 4 news release.

The inquest will examine the circumstances surrounding Rochette's death. The jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths.

Proceedings are expected to last five days and to hear from approximately 13 witnesses.

The inquest will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, at the Sudbury City Courthouse. Dr. Ray Sawkiw will preside as inquest coroner and Julie Lefebvre will be counsel to the coroner.

In the aftermath of the 2014 incident, Vale Canada pleaded guilty in a Sudbury courthouse, on Oct. 24, 2016, to four of the nine counts it faced, upon the conclusion of the Ministry of Labour investigation.

The company was fined $1 million and Greg Taylor, a shift supervisor, was fined $3,000 in connection with Rochette’s death.