A Newfoundland and Labrador judge has given the Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) a stiff fine following the death of one of its workers.

IOC was ordered to pay $350,000, plus a victim surcharge which amounts to 15 per cent of the fine.

Eldon Perry, 56, died Dec. 5, 2010 when scaffolding collapsed at a mine in Labrador City. Perry fell about seven metres in the incident. Another worker was badly injured.

Perry's son disappointed with sentence

The Crown sought a fine of $500,000, while the defence said $250,000 would be more appropriate.

Perry's son, Steven, was disappointed with the sentence.

"I thought this was a chance that the government could have set a precedent that said that unsafe work practices would not be tolerated in this province, and I think they failed to do that," said Perry. "$350,000 is less than half the maximum. I don't think that's good enough. What else do you need to do to get a stiffer penalty, right?"

The company has 60 days to pay the fine.

IOC must also prepare a safety case to present to Occupational Health and Safety officials within six months.