PotashCorp fined for mine worker’s death

Reuters — A Saskatchewan court has fined PotashCorp $280,000 following a mine worker’s death in 2012 when a machine used to move ore to conveyor belts backed over him.

A Provincial Court judge in Saskatoon fined PotashCorp on Tuesday after the world’s biggest fertilizer company pleaded guilty to one charge of failing to comply with occupational health and safety legislation. The Saskatoon-based company pleaded guilty to the charge and three other charges were withdrawn.

The Saskatchewan provincial government announced the fine Wednesday.

The worker, Christopher Reid, was killed June 25, 2012 in the Allan, Sask. potash mine, said company spokesman Bill Johnson.

In a separate incident, a worker at the company’s Cory mine west of Saskatoon was killed earlier this year when part of a roof fell on him, according to reports.

— Reporting for Reuters by Rod Nickel in Winnipeg.

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