$10 million award in N.W.T. mine blast

Nine workers killed after striking employee plants bomb in Yellowknife mine
By Glenn Tait
|Canadian Employment Law Today


On Sept. 18, 1992, nine miners died in an explosion in a mineshaft at Giant Mine in Yellowknife. A bomb, planted by a striking employee of the mine, caused the explosion. On Dec. 16 2004, the Northwest Territories Supreme Court handed down a decision in two lawsuits filed by the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Workers Compensation Board arising out of the explosion. The court’s decision on these lawsuits is remarkable because it finds a number of parties negligent and responsible to pay damages totalling more than $10 million.

Variety of defendants held responsible