Agrium fined over Sask. miner injury

A potash mine rockfall that left a miner paraplegic will cost fertilizer firm Agrium a $234,000 fine, a Saskatchewan court ruled Wednesday.

The penalty follows an incident in late August 2006 at the Calgary company’s potash mine at Vanscoy, about 25 km southwest of Saskatoon.

CBC, which identified the worker as Paul Goddard, reported Wednesday that 900 kg of rock fell on him in the incident, breaking his spine and both his arms.

According to a provincial government release Thursday, Agrium pled guilty in Provincial Court in Saskatoon to charges laid by the provincial justice department under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

CBC on Wednesday quoted Tom Diment, the mine’s general manager, as saying “we realize in hindsight through our investigation we could have done more.

“It was in our interest all along to bring a timely and satisfying resolution to this” for Goddard and the company, Diment told the broadcaster.

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