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Mining accident emotional for Fram family

By: Jonathan Migneault - Sudbury Northern Life

 | Apr 07, 2014 - 1:28 PM |
Briana Fram, right, said it was a difficult day when she heard about an accident at Vale's Copper Cliff smelter that killed a 36-year-old man and injured a 28-year-old worker. File photo.

Briana Fram, right, said it was a difficult day when she heard about an accident at Vale's Copper Cliff smelter that killed a 36-year-old man and injured a 28-year-old worker. File photo.

Tragedy raises spectre of her brother's death, says Briana Fram

Briana Fram said it made for a difficult day when she heard about the accident that killed a 36-year-old man at Vale's Copper Cliff Smelter Sunday.


“It always brings back memories when these sorts of things happen,” she said.

Fram's brother, Jordan Fram, was killed on June 8, 2011, along with his co-worker Jason Chenier, when they were crushed by a 350-ton run of muck at the 3,000-foot level of Vale's Stobie Mine.


“Changes need to take effect immediately,” said Fram, who has been a strong advocate for improved mine safety since her brother's death.

Fram is a member of the Mining Inquiry Needs Everyone's Support (MINES) committee, which has pushed for the provincial government to conduct a mine safety inquiry.

Instead, the government started a mine health and safety review, which has held public consultations in a number of a cities associated with the mining industry, including Sudbury.

“Our community knows how important this (review) is, but I think this will definitely show the rest of Ontario how important it is, and that these tragedies continue to happen,” Fram said about Sunday's fatal accident, which also injured a 28-year-old industrial mechanic at the smelter.

Fram said after her brother's death, support from her tight-knit family, friends, and the community, helped her recovery.

“It will be a difficult time for the days, and the weeks, and the years ahead,” she said about the workers' families. “We don't know them, but we are certainly there for them if they ever need support."
Jonathan Migneault

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