Sep 6, 2017 @ 10:37
Detour Gold Corporation reports that it entered a plea of guilty to one count of criminal negligence causing death in connection with the fatality that occurred at the Detour Lake mine site in June 2015. A sentencing hearing took place on August 30 and 31, 2017 in Cochrane, Ontario.
In entering a plea of guilty, Detour Gold accepted responsibility for the death of one of its employees from acute cyanide intoxication via skin absorption in the course of carrying out work at the Detour Lake mine site.
The Company was ordered to pay a fine of C$1.4 million plus a corresponding 30% surcharge. In addition, the court, as requested by Detour Gold, ordered a restitution payment for the family of the deceased worker for lost income through retirement.
“We reiterate our sadness for the pain this has caused the family. No workplace death is acceptable and we are committed to continuing our efforts to work diligently towards our commitment to Zero Harm,” stated Paul Martin, President and CEO.
As a result of pleading guilty to the one count of criminal negligence causing death, the Occupational Health and Safety Act charges against Detour Gold were withdrawn.