SUDBURY, ON, Feb. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - Vale announced today that employees
have begun returning to the company's five Sudbury area mines following
a temporary suspension of operations to focus on safety. The return to
work process will continue in the days ahead.
Operations were temporarily suspended after an employee, Stephen Perry,
was fatally injured on Sunday, January 29 while working in the main ore
body at the 4215-foot level of Coleman Mine in Levack.
The immediate focus in the Sudbury mines remains on safety and health.
Upon returning to work, mine employees and managers will be working
together in the short term on tasks associated with safety and risk
management. Production will recommence once outstanding safety items
With stockpiles of ore available for processing at the Company's mill
and smelter, there is no anticipated impact on production as a result
of the temporary suspension of operations.
"Mine managers and supervision, along with Worker Health and Safety
Representatives, have been working on plans to address immediate safety
items in the workplace," said Kelly Strong, Vice President Mining &
Milling (North Atlantic) and General Manager, Ontario Operations.
"Similar meetings have occurred across all of our surface plants and
other departments in Sudbury. The best way to achieve our safety goals
is by working together to ensure that hazards across all work areas are
managed in an effective and timely way."
SOURCE Vale Limited
For further information:
Angie Robson - (705) 682-5202
Cory McPhee - (416) 361-7669