Occupational Health & Safety Charges Against Corner Brook Company

Service NL has charged Atlantic Minerals Limited and a company supervisor with violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations.

The charges arise from an incident that occurred on July 31, 2018 at the company’s quarry operation on the Port au Port Peninsula.

The employee suffered fatal injuries while performing maintenance on a conveyor. The investigation was conducted by the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) branch of Service NL.

The employer has been charged with ten counts that allege generally that it failed:

  • To provide and maintain the necessary equipment and systems that are safe for its workers;

  • To provide the necessary instruction, training and supervision to its workers;

  • To ensure that its OHS program contained appropriate written work procedures;

  • To implement its OHS Program at the site;

  • To ensure that all machinery and equipment was capable of safely performing the functions for which they were used or intended;

  • To ensure that safe work procedures were followed;

  • To ensure that work procedures promote the safe interaction of workers and their work environment;

  • To ensure that a conveyor had an emergency stopping system;

  • To ensure that the energy source to machinery or equipment that could cause injury was isolated and effectively controlled; and,

  • To ensure that where machinery or equipment is shut down for maintenance that no work is done until the energy isolating devices have been locked out.

The supervisor has been charged with two counts that allege that he failed:

  • To ensure the health, safety and welfare of all workers under his supervision; and,

  • To provide the proper written or oral instructions regarding precautions to be taken for the protection of all workers under his supervision.

The first appearance is scheduled for July 20, 2020 at Provincial Court in Stephenville.