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5 Feb 2024

Divya Rajagopal, Reuters

Canada: Rio Tinto faces criminal case over injured worker at Arctic diamond mine

"Rio Tinto unit faces criminal case in Canada over injured worker", 5 Feb 2024

A Canadian unit of global mining company Rio Tinto (RIO.L), opens new tab is facing a criminal case after an employee was seriously injured at an Arctic diamond mine, according to an announcement by local authorities...

The WSCC has filed a case against the mine and the next step is a hearing on March 19 at the criminal court in Yellowknife, the capital of the Northwest Territories. The WSCC revealed the case in a statement issued on Friday.

"Diavik Diamond Mine is charged with multiple counts alleging violations of the Mine Health and Safety Act, including failure to implement and maintain safe work practices, and failure to take every reasonable measure to protect the health and safety of their employees, as well as other offences," it said, but gave no details of the accident.

Rio Tinto said in a statement on Monday that Diavik took the health and safety of its employees very seriously. It declined to comment further, given the criminal case...