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Improving Safety In Mines And Quarries

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Improving Safety In Mines And Quarries

McGuinty Government Committed To Preventing Workplace Injuries

Ministry of Labour

Ontario is helping mining and quarry workers stay safe at work, with a month-long safety inspection blitz of pits and quarries across the province.

Beginning in July, the safety blitz will focus on hazards involving rock crushing, screening and conveying processes to help ensure that:

  • Guarding devices are used to protect workers from moving parts on equipment;
  • Written lockout procedures for equipment are available;
  • Dust control measures are used effectively; and
  • Protective hearing devices are being worn.

Protecting pits and quarries workers is part of the government's continued commitment to preventing workplace injuries through its Safe at Work Ontario strategy.

Quick Facts

  • Since 2008, Ontario safety inspectors have made more than 266,000 field visits and conducted 32 inspection blitzes.
  • Inspectors have issued more than 425,000 compliance orders since 2008.

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“Pits and quarries can be hazardous places to work. Inspectors will check that legislation is being complied with. The McGuinty government is committed to eliminating workplace injuries. Workers have a right to return home each day, safe and sound.”

Charles Sousa

Minister of Labour

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