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today. Correct copy follows.
Unions link together on submission to final hearings at inquiry into 2000
death of smelter worker
FLIN FLON, MB, Sept. 29 /CNW/ - Unions representing workers at the Hudson
Bay Minerals mining and smelting complex in Flin Flon are meeting Monday in
anticipation of the resumption and final hearings of the Inquiry into the
2000 death of Steve Ewing on Tuesday Sept. 30 at the Flin Flon courthouse.
The United Steelworkers (USW), International Association of Machinists
and Aeorspace Workers (IAM), and International Brotherhood of Electrical
Workers (IBEW) have prepared a comprehensive brief supporting their
submissions. They continue to cooperate in representing the men who were
injured as well as all the others who work for the company.
Steve Ewing was killed and 13 other workers were injured on August 5,
2000, when an explosion ripped through the Hudson Bay smelter during a
shutdown and rebuild of the smelter. The company pleaded guilty to charges
under the Manitoba Workplace Health and Safety Act on Nov. 27, 2001.
The inquest started on Jan. 13, 2004, but was delayed four years by
company court appeals. Final submissions by all of the parties represented at
the inquest are being presented Sept. 30 - Oct. 2.
"Having now heard all the evidence - from workers and management - the
matter is now in the judge's hands." says USW Representative Andrew King. "The
judge must now move forward to identify what went wrong and what can be done
to prevent it happening again."
"This inquest has been plagued with delays," said IAM Canadian General
Vice-President Dave Ritchie. "The Ewing family and the families of all the
other victims deserve closure on this terrible event. And workers who are
still at work in the smelter need to know that their workplace will not kill
or maim them."
An inquest is a public investigation into deaths that result from a
variety of causes, including man-made disasters. Inquests provide family and
friends of the deceased, along with those who may have been injured by the
event that led to the death under investigation, with a needed explanation of
what happened. Recommendations from the inquests lead to changes that prevent
similar deaths and injuries in the future.
For further information:
For further information: Andrew King, (416) 544-5996, (416) 407-5271;
Bill Trbovich, (IAM Communications), (416) 386-1789, ext.6331, (416) 735-9765;
Brian Murdoch (IBEW), (204) 781-8078