Enforcement Blitz Targets Mobile Mining Equipment
McGuinty Government Dedicated To Eliminating Injuries In Mining Operations
Ontario will focus on mobile equipment hazards in mines and mining operations in its ongoing effort to make Ontario workplaces safer.
Ministry of Labour inspectors will visit mining workplaces during increased enforcement in June 2010. They will ensure mobile equipment such as trucks, tractors, scoop trams and drilling equipment are inspected and maintained in good condition, as well as tested for emissions.
Ministry inspectors will also ensure that power sources to mobile equipment are disconnected and prevented from being reactivated while work is being done on the equipment.
The blitz is part of the government's Safe At Work Ontario strategy. Keeping more workers safe means increased productivity for Ontario's economy and less strain on the health care system.
- Twenty-six of 74 fires in underground mines in 2008 were caused by mobile equipment hazards.
- There were 31 incidents over the past decade involving collisions, near collisions or damage caused by mobile equipment hazards. Twenty-eight of those incidents occurred underground.
- Ontario employs 430 full-time occupational health and safety inspectors with 20 full-time occupational health and safety inspectors dedicated to mining.
“The Government of Ontario and its safety partners are committed to eliminating all workplace injuries, including those in mines and mining operations. Workers have a right to come home each day to their families, safe and sound.”