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Vale, union agree to investigate smelter death together

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | Apr 11, 2014 - 12:55 PM |
 Paul Rochette, 36, was killed in an accident at the Copper Cliff smelter April 6. Vale and Steelworkers Local 6500 have announced they will jointly investigate the death. File photo.

Paul Rochette, 36, was killed in an accident at the Copper Cliff smelter April 6. Vale and Steelworkers Local 6500 have announced they will jointly investigate the death. File photo.

Vale and the United Steelworkers (USW) Local 6500 will be conducting a joint investigation into the April 6 death of Paul Rochette at the Copper Cliff smelter.

“The tragic loss of Paul Rochette at the Copper Cliff Smelter continues to be mourned by all Vale employees and members of USW Local 6500,” said Kelly Strong, Vale's vice-president of Ontario/UK Operations, in a press release.
 


“Whether union or non-union, management or line worker, we have all been shocked and saddened, and we are feeling this loss very deeply.

“We are very pleased that Vale and USW Local 6500 will be working cooperatively to understand exactly what happened through a careful and thorough investigation.”

While the immediate area remains frozen by the Ministry of Labour, the investigation will begin as soon as access to the area to the area is permitted.

“Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the Rochette family,” Strong said.

“We look forward to working together to honour Paul’s memory by putting measures in place to prevent such a tragedy from ever occurring again, not only at the smelter, but across all Vale operations.”

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