Charges laid in deaths of two Sudbury drillers – by Carol Mulligan (Sudbury Star – April 29, 2015)

The Sudbury Star is the City of Greater Sudbury’s daily newspaper.

Two companies are facing 13 charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act in the deaths of two Sudbury drillers in almost a year ago, the Ministry of Labour announced Tuesday.

Norm Bisaillon, 49, and Marc Methe, 34, died May 6, 2014, at First Nickel Inc.’s Lockerby Mine.

Eight charges were laid against First Nickel, including:

– prevention of water accumulation or flow of water that might endanger a worker;

– ensuring an effective ground support system is installed;

– requirement that a report be made in writing of all dangerous conditions;

– the examination of and remediation of misfiring explosives;

– the reporting to the Ministry of Labour of misfiring or defective explosives;

– the requirement of safe ground conditions programs to be created and implemented;

– communications regarding ground stability; and

– proper illumination adequate to assess ground conditions.

Bisaillon and Methe were experienced drillers who worked for Taurus Drilling Services, a part of Major Drilling Group International Inc. Taurus It has been charged with:

– the examination of and remediation of misfiring explosives;

– the reporting to the Ministry of Labour of misfiring and defective explosives;

– the requirement of safe ground conditions programs to be created and implemented;

– communications regarding ground stability; and

– the requirement of proper illumination adequate to assess ground conditions.

The allegations against the company have not been proven in court.

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