SUDBURY, Ont.—The Canadian division of global mining giant Glencore has been hit with a $200,000 fine for an incident at its Sudbury, Ont. mine that left one worker dead.
The accident took place at Glencore Canada Corp.’s Nickel Rim South Mine on the outskirts of the Northern Ontario city in October 2015 and involved a heavy mining vehicle being used underground.
There were no witnesses to the incident, but Glencore and the Ministry of Labour reached several conclusions following separate investigations.
According to the Ministry of Labour, a worker was operating a load haul dump machine, a piece of mining equipment similar to a front-end loader, when the vehicle’s bucket collided with a wall. The worker, who wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from the cab and run over by one of the vehicle’s tires. It also appears the cab door opened just before the loader’s bucket hit the wall.
The government ministry said it’s likely the worker would have been injured but not killed if wearing the seatbelt, which was found to be functioning properly.
Glencore pleaded guilty to violating the Occupational Health and Safety Act—specifically for failing to provide sufficient information about the use of a seatbelt in a load haul dump machine.