Glencore Canada Corporation has been fined $200,000 for the death of a Sudbury man almost two years ago.
The man, Richard Pigeau, 54, was killed at Nickel Rim South Mine when he was run over by a vehicle. The incident took place on Oct. 20, 2015, at Glencore’s base metal mine near Sudbury, which produces nickel and copper ore, the Minister of Labour said in a release.
“A worker was operating a machine known as a load haul dump (LHD) used in the underground operation to move broken rock or ore,” the ministry said. “While operating the LHD on a ramp, it appeared the bucket of the vehicle made contact with a wall on the right. “The LHD continued to move; the worker was ejected from the operator’s compartment and was run over by one of the vehicle’s tires. The worker died from the injuries.”
The company established a joint investigation team of workers in the union and Glencore staff representatives. Investigations by the Ministry of Labour and the joint investigation team suggested that the door to the operator’s compartment of the vehicle opened while it was moving down the ramp.
The initial contact with the wall was believed to cause Pigeau’s ejection from the compartment (there were no witnesses).
The worker was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the incident, although there was a functioning seatbelt in the compartment. “The Crown and the company agreed that the worker may have been injured in the incident while wearing the seatbelt but would likely not have been killed,” the ministry said.
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