TORONTO — In a sentencing hearing held recently in Cochrane, Ont. Detour Gold Corporation entered a guilty plea to one count of criminal negligence causing death in connection with a fatality that occurred at the Detour Lake mine site in June 2015.
In entering the plea, 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, stated a release issued by Detour Gold.
The company was ordered to pay a fine of $1.4 million plus a corresponding 30 per cent 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, adds the release.
"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, Detour Gold, in a statement.
The Occupational Health and Safety Act charges against Detour Gold were withdrawn as a result of the guilty plea.