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OHS investigation underway on fall at Voisey's Bay

A worker, who has since returned to work on restricted duties, was injured in a fall at Voisey's Bay in northern Labrador on Sept. 20.
A worker, who has since returned to work on restricted duties, was injured in a fall at Voisey's Bay in northern Labrador on Sept. 20.

Occupational Health and Safety is now investigating a fall at the Voisey’s Bay mine in northern Labrador that saw one worker injured.

According to Kristie Cochrane Manager, a corporate affairs manager with Vale, the company that operates the mine, a worker fell approximately two metres from a structure on the Voisey’s Bay mine site on Sept. 20.

“The worker was wearing fall protection and, while injured in the fall, the individual was coherent and conscious when first responders arrived,” Cochrane said in an email.

Cochrane said the worker has since returned to work without restrictions and was assessed by Vale medical staff on site after the fall. As a precaution, she said, the worker was transported to Happy Valley-Goose Bay by air ambulance for further diagnostic examination.

The Department of Digital Government and Service NL’s Occupational Health and Safety division confirmed that an investigation is underway but could not provide any further details on it at this time.

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