Workers employed with Succession Forage George Downing Ltee./George Downing Estate Drilling Limited, were drilling at the Shakespeare Nickel Mine, 70 km west of Sudbury, court heard Sept. 11 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Sudbury. One of the workers was operating the controls of a drill when part of the worker's clothes got caught in the drill's rotating rod. The worker was pulled into the rotating rod and severely injured.
A Ministry of Labour investigation found that while there was a guard in place on the drill, it did not entirely prevent access to the drill's moving parts.
Succession Forage George Downing Ltee./George Downing Estate Drilling Limited pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the rotating rod of the drill was properly guarded.
The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Lori-Ann Toulouse. In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.