Glencore in court on spill charges
Three workers were injured in incident
The case of charges against Glencore Canada and a supervisor concerning a spill of sulfuric acid that injured three workers at the company’s Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations a year ago is now headed to July.
Lawyers for Glencore Canada and supervisor Jody Pretty and a representative from the Ontario Ministry of Labour appeared briefly in provincial offences court at Tom Da vies Square Friday and set a return date of July 12 for either a trial or judicial pre-trial meeting.
A judicial pre-trial meeting is a closed-door meeting involving a judge or justice of the peace, defence lawyers and representative of the Crown to discuss issues in a case.
Six charges – five against Glencore Canada and one against the supervisor — all laid under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, were made in mid-February by the Ontario Ministry of Labour following an investigation.
Glencore Canada is charged with failing to ensure workers were provided with information, instruction and supervision for the task of transferring sulfuric acid from a rail car to a tanker truck at a workplace in Falconbridge; and four charges of ensuring that provisions of several regulations under the Act were compiled with.
Supervisor Jody Pretty is charged with failing to ensure that a worker uses or wears the equipment, protective devices or clothing that the worker’s employer requires to be used or worn.
The incident occurred about 9 p.m. May 9, 2018, and sent a 56-yearold man to hospital in critical condition. A 55-year-old man and a 46-year-old man both received nonlife threatening injuries and were treated at the scene by paramedics. The critically injured man survived.
Glencore, if convicted, is looking at a fine of $1.5 million with each of its five charges. Pretty, meanwhile, if convicted, is looking at a fine of $100,000 and/or up to one year in jail.