Kimberley Fatalities Incident-Technical Investigations and Findings

CIM Edmonton 2008
Abstract Closure programs have been underway at Teck Cominco’s Sullivan Mine in Kimberley B.C. since it ceased operations in December, 2001. Over the period of May 15-17, 2006, four people perished in a drainage monitoring station located at the toe of a waste dump that was in the final stages of reclamation. Oxygen depravation was the direct cause of the fatalities. Subsequent to the incident, a program of technical investigations was initiated into the causal factors. This research is ongoing under the oversight of a Technical Panel and the overall direction of the B.C. Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.

This presentation will describe the scope of the technical investigations and the significant findings to date. While care must be taken in applying the findings to other mine situations, they serve to heighten the awareness of safety risks from atmosphere conditions that may occur elsewhere in the industry.

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