TORONTO – The safety performance of the mining industry in Ontario continues on a path of improvement. The lost time injury rate for the entire sector for the first nine months of 2005 was 0.9 per 200,000 hours worked, compared with 1.1 during the first nine months of 2004. This represents an 18% improvement on a year-over-year basis in this important safety yardstick.
The total medical injuries rate for mining in the first nine months of 2005 was 8.1 per 200,000 hours, compared with 8.7 for the first nine months of 2004, a 7% improvement. Also, the calculation for the severity of injuries shows a 78% improvement during the first nine months of 2005, compared with the year-earlier period.
The figures were released by the ONTARIO MINING ASSOCIATION (www.oma.on.ca) at its recent conference in Sudbury.