Nfld. & Labrador

Company charged in central Newfoundland mine fire

A drilling company has been charged with safety violations after a fire injured two workers at a mine in central Newfoundland in March 2011.
The Duck Pond Mine is in central Newfoundland, near Millertown. (CBC)

A drilling company has been charged with safety violations after a fire injured two workers at a mine in central Newfoundland in March 2011.

Two men were working at an exploration site near the Duck Pond mine when one of the above-ground exploration drills caught fire, sending one worker to intensive care with severe burns to his face and hands.

CABO Drilling Corp. is charged with eight violations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Charges include a failure to ensure that the machine in use was maintained according to the manufacturer's instructions, as well as failure as an employer to provide a safe workplace.

The company will make its first court appearance April 3 in Grand Falls-Windsor.

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