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Mining company faces Health and Safety charges in death of 2 miners
Jun, 04 2012
(Canada) -- As per recent reports, it has been revealed that provincial Labour Minister Matt Blajer has laid health and safety charges against a mining company and one of its supervisors, after two Sudbury, Ont., miners died.
Further reports suggest that the two miners, Jason Chenier and Jordan Fram died after a violent flow of wet mud and ore flooded tunnel at Vale's Stobie Mine in Sudbury, where they were working on June 8, 2011.
It has been reported that after the incident occurred, under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Vale was charged with nine counts and the supervisor of the mine was charged with six counts.
Vale said, “There were a number of factors contributing to the fatalities, adding its implementing measures to address those factors”.
However, United Steelworkers International President Leo Gerard affirmed that the union confirmed that the deaths of the two miners could have been avoided. Moreover, the union criticized Vale stating that Vale was acknowledged of the flooding problems in the mine beforehand, but the problems were ignored.
Gerard affirmed that the accused should be made to face criminal charges. Moreover, he asked the government to take into consideration whether these charges are in order or not.
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