Company charged in bear-mauling death

Mining firm didn't adequately train worker: Yukon WCB
||Last Updated: 05/28/2007

A Yellowknife-based mining company has been charged with negligence relating to a grizzly bear attack that led to the death of a worker in the Yukon last year.

The Yukon Workers' Compensation, Health and Safety Board has laid six charges under the territory's Workers' Compensation Act against Yellowknife-based Aurora Geosciences Ltd., which has an office in Whitehorse.

Last April, Jean-François Pagé, a 28-year-old Quebec native, was staking mining claims in the bush near Ross River, about 200 kilometres northeast of Whitehorse, when he was apparently attacked by a grizzly sow after coming within five metres of a bear den that contained two cubs.