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Mining, Paving Companies Fined Total of $95,000 After Worker Injury

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Mining, Paving Companies Fined Total of $95,000 After Worker Injury

Ministry of Labour

TIMMINS, ONTARIO - Two defendants - one a mining company and the other a paving company - pleaded guilty and have been fined $55,000 and $40,000 respectively after a worker was injured when a hopper containing sand toppled over.

The incident took place at a project owned by Goldcorp Canada Ltd. (operating as Porcupine Gold Mines) near 4361 Gold Mine Road in South Porcupine on September 24, 2014. The worker was employed by Miller Paving Ltd. (operating as Miller Paving Northern).

The project involved a three-ton sand hopper that was being used to direct sand into old mine voids located at the site.

At the time of the incident, the hopper was positioned above a drilled rock hole. The sand was not moving freely inside the hopper and the worker used an air lancer to facilitate sand movement. The worker was using the air lancer from ground level when a sudden shift of sand within the hopper occurred and the hopper began to tip over. The worker, who was near the hopper, attempted to run clear of it but the hopper and the sand fell on the worker; the supervisor and co-workers were able to free the worker, who sustained injuries.

A subsequent Ministry of Labour inspection revealed that the hopper was not built to any engineering specification that would ensure stability and prevent tipping without the use of a ballast. There were no records of supporting specifications. The hopper support frame was rectangular and did not provide complete support for the hopper in one plane of motion, and therefore shift of the material in the hopper could affect the hopper's stability.                         

Goldcorp Canada and Miller Paving both pleaded guilty to failing, as an employer, to ensure that the measures and procedures prescribed by section 31(1)(b) of Regulation 213/91 - the Construction Projects Regulation - were carried out at the project, contrary to the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Specifically, they pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the hopper was adequately braced to prevent any movement that may affect its stability or cause its failure or collapse. 

Goldcorp was fined $55,000 and Miller Paving was fined $40,000 by Justice of the Peace Sylvie-Emanuelle Bourbonnais in Timmins court on January 26, 2017.

The court also 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.                                                                                                              

Court Information at a Glance



Provincial Offences Court/Ontario Court of Justice

220 Algonquin Blvd. East

Timmins, Ontario



Justice of the Peace Sylvie-Emanuelle Bourbonnais


Date of Sentencing:

January 26, 2017


Goldcorp Canada Ltd. operating as

Porcupine Gold Mines

 40 King Street West/Scotia Plaza, Suite 2100

Toronto, Ontario


Miller Paving Ltd. operating as

Miller Paving Northern

505 Milner Avenue, Box 4080

Markham, Ontario


4361 Gold Mine Road

South Porcupine, Ontario


Occupational health and safety



Occupational Health and Safety Act

Section 25(1)(c)

Ontario Regulation 213/91 (Construction Projects Regulation)

Section 31(1)(b)

Crown Counsel:

Mike Nicol

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