Court rethinks liability in N.W.T. mine bombing

Striking worker, who planted bomb that killed nine miners, was beyond control of security, union
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today

The Northwest Territories Court of Appeal has overturned an earlier ruling that the negligence of a security firm, union and the territorial government contributed to the deaths of nine miners killed by a bomb during a bitter strike.

On Sept. 18, 1992, Roger Warren, a miner on strike at the Giant Mine gold mine, snuck into the mine and planted a bomb that killed six replacement and three contract miners in the explosion. Warren was convicted of nine counts of second-degree murder and the territory’s Worker’s Compensation Board filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the miner’s families.

Earlier ruling found proper steps for safety hadn’t been taken