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Detour Gold fined for truck rollover, worker injury at Ontario mine

A hauler flipped off a narrow road at the top of a tailings dam when delivering rocks for berm construction


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COCHRANE, Ont.—Toronto-based mining firm Detour Gold Corp. has been fined $70,000 for a workplace accident that critically injured a worker.

The incident took place at the Detour Lake Gold mine northeast of Cochrane, Ont. in August 2014 and involved a truck sliding off a narrow road and flipping onto its roof.

According to the province’s Ministry of Labour, the worker was hauling rock to an area at the top of a tailings dam. The rock was being used to build a berm along the side of the narrow road, but at the time of the accident there was no barrier separating the road from the drop-off.

In heavy fog at about 4 a.m., the worker reversed the truck too close to the edge and the road gave way beneath it. The truck fell and flipped onto its roof, critically injuring for the worker.

As a result of the incident, the company was found to have violated the Occupational Health and Safety Act for failing to have a suitable protective barrier in place on the road.


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