ONTARIO – A citizen group calling itself MINES (Mining Inquiry Needs Everyone's Support) in Sudbury is trying to garner popular support to persuade the government to call an inquiry into mine safety in the province. The committee wants to protect people working in the mining industry and to prevent further fatalities.
The group notes that no public review or update of the Ontario Mining Health and Safety Act has occurred in over 30 years, and that changes in workplace safety have not kept up with changes in technology. To emphasize the point, MINES says there have been eight deaths in Ontario mines since 2011. A review of relevant legislation and criminal liability in the workplace should be conducted.
The mining workplace is much changed in recent years as ownership of the sector becomes globalized and environmental issues from mining and processing are recognized as playing a part in workplace disease and community health.
The next information session is planned for Timmins on March 24, 2013. Contact Briana Fram, secretary-treasurer, MINES Committee, 705-562-5940, [email protected]
Safety-minded readers will be pleased to know that the April 2013 issue of Canadian Mining Journal will feature mining safety.
Well this is great news and hope this group will be successful on there quest to improve saftey with in the mining industry, I guess WSIB,labor board and ministry of mines inspectors are not doing there jobs ?
It is unfair and misleading to suggest that mining has a poor record in Ontario where Safety is a priority and taken very seriously. While one death is too many and eight deaths is tragic it must be compared against statistics on the Ontario Federation of Labour website.
In the same period that MINES is quoting there were 435 workplace fatalities in 2011 in Ontario and 236 in 2012 (to the end of July 2012 and therefore likely to be over 400 by years end). So 8 of the 800 tragic deaths and accidents does not suggest the necessity of a judicial review and perhaps this MINES might find another industry to help.