Vale Canada charged in fatal Thompson mine accident

Vale Canada charged in fatal Thompson mine accident

Vale's operations in Thompson, Manitoba.

Brazilian miner Vale’s Canadian unit has been charged with 10 counts of violating the workplace safety act of Manitoba, after a 51-year-old man died in one of the mining giant’s operations in Thompson in 2011.

The accusations, laid by the province's Workplace Safety and Health division in October, include allegations that Vale did not provide a safe workplace, did not have safe work procedures and had unsafe equipment.

According to Canada’s United Steelworkers Union, this is the first time a mine has been charged in Manitoba in connection to the death of a worker.

In September Vale Canada received the largest fine ever imposed by an Ontario court for violations of the province’s workplace safety law.

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