WSCC lays charges against Diavik for unsafe work environment

Diavik Diamond Mine is located on Lac la Marte. (File photo/CKLB)

The Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) has filed nine charges against Diavik Diamond Mine.

In a news release, WSCC says the charges relate to an incident on Nov. 16, 2020 where a “worker was injured when a slab of rock fell on the excavator machine he was operating. He was attempting to move rock after a blast.

The charges include multiple counts of violations of the Mine Health and Safety Act, including “ failing to take every reasonable measure and precaution to protect the health and safety of employees and ensuring that all supervisors are properly trained in safe work and safe blasting procedures.”

The mine, mine manager, blasting supervisor and shift boss are all charged in relation to the incident.

They are scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 18, 2022.

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