Glen­core in court on spill charges

Three work­ers were in­jured in in­ci­dent

The Sudbury Star - - LOCAL - HAROLD CARMICHAEL [email protected]­ Twit­ter: @HaroldCarmichae

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.

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