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Vale asked to hand over documents tied to fatal smelter accident

By: Jonathan Migneault - Sudbury Northern Life

 | Apr 17, 2014 - 10:27 AM |
The Ministry of Labour has requested a number of documents from Vale, including a map of the Copper Cliff smelter crushing plant and operations logs, to contribute to its investigation of the April 6 workplace accident that killed Paul Rochette. File photo.

The Ministry of Labour has requested a number of documents from Vale, including a map of the Copper Cliff smelter crushing plant and operations logs, to contribute to its investigation of the April 6 workplace accident that killed Paul Rochette. File photo.

Ministry of Labour requests a number of documents related to the April 6 incident

Vale has until April 25 to provide the Ministry of Labour the safety plans from the frontline supervisor, superintendent and managers on duty at the Copper Cliff Smelter when millwright Paul Rochette was killed in a workplace accident.

The request is the third from the Ministry of Labour regarding the fatal incident. 


The ministry asked Vale to provide training records, a process map for the crushing plant, the daily shift lineup, shift logs, procedures, health and safety meeting minutes, a copy of workplace inspections by the Joint Health and Safety Committee and a copy of the operations log book by April 11.

According to Ministry of Labour spokesperson Bruce Skeaff, Vale met its initial deadline to provide documents relevant to the investigation.

In addition, Vale had until April 16 to provide the Ministry of Labour with supervisors reports, equipment settings and various work procedures.

Rochette, 36, was killed April 6 from severe head trauma.

According to United Steelworkers Local 6500 president Rick Bertrand, Rochette was killed when a pin from a crusher broke off and was released under high pressure.

A 28-year-old industrial mechanic was injured during the same incident.

On April 11, Vale and the United Steelworkers announced they would conduct a joint investigation on the fatal smelter accident.
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