Detour Gold Enters Guilty Plea On Charge Stemming From Fatality
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Detour Gold Corp. (TSX: DGC) reports that it entered a guilty plea to one count of criminal negligence causing death in connection with a fatality that occurred at the Detour Lake mine site in June 2015. The company says it accepted responsibility for the death of an employee from acute cyanide intoxication via skin absorption. The company was ordered to pay a fine of C$1.4 million plus a corresponding 30% surcharge. In addition, the court, as requested by Detour Gold, ordered a restitution payment for the family of the deceased worker for lost income through retirement. "We reiterate our sadness for the pain this has caused the family. No workplace death is acceptable and we are committed to continuing our efforts to work diligently towards our commitment to Zero Harm," says Paul Martin, president and chief executive officer. As a result of pleading guilty to the one count of criminal negligence causing death, the Occupational Health and Safety Act charges against Detour Gold were withdrawn, the company reports.