CORNER BROOK — Atlantic Minerals Ltd. and a supervisor with the company have entered guilty pleas to charges stemming from an industrial accident that resulted in an employee losing a finger.
The accident happened at the Atlantic Minerals Ltd. facility in the Brake's Cove area of Corner Brook on June 7, 2011.
According to a press release issued by Service NL earlier this year, a worker's right hand was crushed when the press portion of a concrete block machine activated unexpectedly. The victim's hand injuries resulted in the surgical amputation of one finger.
When the matters were called in provincial court in Corner Brook Tuesday, defence lawyer Jamie Merrigan entered guilty pleas to three of the five occupational health and safety charges filed against the company and to one of the two charges against supervisor Ormsby Hann.
The charges to which the company has pleaded guilty are failure to provide and maintain a safe workplace and necessary equipment, systems or tools; failure to ensure adequate machinery safeguards to prevent access to hazardous points of access; and failure to ensure that machinery energy source was isolated and effectively controlled.
Merrigan entered a guilty plea to a charge of failure of supervisor to ensure the health, safety and welfare of workers on behalf of Hann, who was not present in court Tuesday.
The other outstanding charges against the company — failure to provide information, instruction, or supervision to ensure health, safety and welfare; and failure to carry out proper installation, inspection, testing, repair or modification of machinery — were put on hold until a sentencing hearing. So was the second charge against Hann, namely failure of the supervisor to meet specific safety duties.
A sentencing hearing for both the company and Hann has been set for Dec. 13.