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Baffinland Iron Mines charged after year-old fatality

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The Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission filed sixteen charges against Baffinland Iron Mines in the Nunavut Court of Justice.

The charges stem from a worker fatality, an incident that occurred on December 16, 2018, when a worker was killed while operating a Cat 745C articulated truck.

The company is charged with multiple counts, various offenses that are in violation of the Mine Health & Safety Act. Charges include failing to supervise, instruct and train as is necessary to protect the health and safety of workers and failing to provide and maintain healthy and safe worksites.

"The WSCC reminds all employers that their legislated worksite responsibilities include taking every reasonable measure and precaution to protect the health and safety of employees and all other people at the work site," said the Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission in a news release. "This includes making sure that all workers and supervisors receive the training, instruction and supervision necessary to ensure the safety of workers and the worksite, and to have and maintain an occupational health and safety program that is current and relevant to the potential hazards at their worksite."

The first court appearance is scheduled for January 9, 2020.

Last month the mine laid off 586 workers after failure to secure work permits.

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