Westray Mine Explosion Remembered

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

About 50 relatives, union members and politicians gathered in New Glasgow Wednesday morning for a vigil and march to mark the 20th anniversary of the Westray Mine explosion that killed 26 coal miners in Nova Scotia on May 9, 1992. An inquiry into the disaster by Mr. Justice Peter Richard placed responsibility on the mine owner and government inspectors, saying "The Westray story is a complex mosaic of actions, omissions, mistakes, incompetence, apathy, cynicism, stupidity and neglect.” As a result the Westray Act, a federal law enacted in 2004, provided new rules for attributing criminal liability to corporations and representatives when workers are injured or killed on the job.

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