Court rethinks liability in mine bombing (Legal view)

Security firm, union off the hook for million-dollar ruling
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/12/2008

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 in Yellowknife, 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 Workers’ Compensation Board filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the miners’ families.