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PotashCorp fined $280K after worker killed at Cory mine

PotashCorp fined $280,000 for workplace safety violation following death of worker struck on the head by falling ore. File / Global News

SASKATOON – Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (TSX:POT) has been fined after a workplace fatality last year. On Feb. 17, 2014, a 31-year-old man was struck on the head when ore on a roof fell on him.

He was rushed to hospital where he passed away.

One other person was taken to hospital as a precaution.

READ MORE: Worker killed at PotashCorp Cory mine west of Saskatoon

PotashCorp was charged under The Mining Regulations for failing to take effective steps to control the movement of strata in all underground excavations to protect the health and safety of workers.

On Wednesday, the company pleaded guilty to the charge and was fined $280,000 in Saskatoon provincial court.

In a release, provincial workplace safety officials said while everyone at a workplace is responsible for workplace safety, employers carry a greater responsibility due to their authority and control over the place of employment.

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