Inco fined $70,000 after workplace incident

    SUDBURY, ON, Aug. 13 /CNW/ - Inco Limited pleaded guilty and was fined
$70,000 in the Ontario Court of Justice, August 12, 2008, in connection with a
workplace incident.
    Justice of the Peace D. LaFleur heard that on June 30, 2005, two workers
at the Copper Cliff Smelter in Sudbury were doing maintenance work on a flash
furnace. The workers were to adjust buckstays, tie rod systems connected to
structural steel members. The workers used 50 tonne hydraulic jacks to make
the adjustments. In one instance, the jacks were placed in the buckstay cradle
incorrectly and, when pressure was released from the jacks, a fitting on the
hydraulic hose connected to the jacks sheered off as it was pinched between
the cradle and the jacking plate.
    A Ministry of Labour investigation found that one of the workers had not
been provided training on Inco's procedure for this work.
    Inco Limited pleaded guilty to failing, as an employer, to provide
information, instruction and supervision to a worker to protect the health or
safety of the worker, contrary to section 25(2)(a) of the Occupational Health
and Safety Act.
    In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine
surcharge on the total, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The
surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist
victims of crime.


                        Court Information at a Glance

    Location:       Ontario Court of Justice
                    155 Elm St., Ctrm. E
                    Sudbury, Ontario

    Judge:          Justice of the Peace D. LaFleur

    Date:           August 12, 2008

    Defendants:     Inco Limited

    Matter:         Occupational Health and Safety Act

    Crown Counsel:  Wes Wilson


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For further information:

For further information: Bruce Skeaff, Ministry of Labour, (416)

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