Glencore impeded probe, ministry alleges – by Carol Mulligan (Sudbury Star – July 21, 2016)

Representatives for Glencore Canada Corporation are scheduled to appear in court Aug. 27 on two charges in connection with the investigation into the death of a Sudbury miner.

Richard Pigeau, 54, who had more than 20 years’ experience working underground, was killed Oct. 20, 2015, by a piece of equipment in the nickel mine operated by Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations, a Glencore company.

The Sudbury Star has learned that two charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act were laid against Sudbury INO’s parent company June 22 in relation to a warrant issued against the company April 18. The charges were laid by the Ministry of Labour following an investigation.

The company is facing one charge of hindering and/or obstructing, and/or interfering with an inspector in the execution of a warrant issued under the act.

It is also charged with failing to furnish all necessary means in the person’s power to facilitate a search, investigation, examination or inquiry by an inspector in the execution of a warrant issued under the act.

A first appearance on the charges is scheduled next month at the Ontario Court of Justice in Sudbury.

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